Saturday, February 26, 2011

Minestrone Soup

Garlic - 3 pods, thinly sliced
Sweet Onion - 1/2, chopped
Celery - 2 sticks, thinly chopped
Carrot - 1, chopped
Jalapeno - 1/2, finely chopped
Red Bell pepper - 1/2, chopped
Tomato - 2 (big), peeled and chopped
Dried Oregano - 1/4 tsp
Dried Basil - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Dried Mixed Beans - 3/4 cup (kidney, pinto, cannelini), soaked overnight
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Dried whole wheat pasta - 1/2 cup (optional)

Heat oil in pressure cooker pan. Add garlic and onion. Saute till the onion gets soft.

Add celery, carrots, pepper, jalapeno, tomato, oregano, basil and cook for a few minutes.

Add soaked beans, 4 cups of water, salt, sugar and pepper and cover and cook for 25 minutes after maximum pressure is reached.

Remove pressure, add the pasta(if using) and boil the soup till pasta gets cooked.

Serve with some crusty whole grain bread.

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