Minestrone is basically a name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with veggies, and added pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, carrots, stock, and tomatoes. There is no set recipe for minestrone, since it is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. So just use this recipe as a basis and play around with any combination that you or your family like.
- 1 lb. browned ground hamburger (or diced ham or stew meat chunked, or even vegetarian) (Tonight I used a 24 oz. bag of meatballs.)
- 1 onion, chopped (1/4 c. rehydrated diced onion)
- 1 - 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained (2 pints home canned stewed tomatoes)
- 3 c. water
- 2 - 8 oz. cans tomato sauce (Oops! forgot to add this. It still tasted delicious, but I think the added liquid would've helped.)
- 1 Tbs. parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1 - 16 oz. can diced carrots, undrained (1 pint home canned carrots)
- 1 - 16 oz. can green beans, undrained
- 1 - 16 oz. can kidney beans, undrained (1 pint home canned--any kind bean--I used great northerns tonight)
- 1 1/2 c. uncooked pasta (I used elbow macaroni)
NOTE: To Pressure Can this recipe
3x this recipe will yield 15 qts. of soup
I would not add the pasta until opening to heat and serve--otherwise it ends ups being really mushy when you reheat. Yuck!
You could easily use fresh carrots and green beans, along with soaked beans overnight, instead of already canned veggies. Just add a bit more water to your soup. Heat it all up a bit before putting in the jars.
Can at 10 lbs. pressure for 90 minutes (because of the meat and beans). Adjust pressure for your altitude.