Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone Soup

2 cups dried beans (9 bean mix works well)
8 cups water
3/4 pound smoked pork or ham
1 cup chopped onions
6 sliced carrots
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 (16 ounce) can Italian style tomatoes

Rinse beans, combine with 4 cups of water in a pot and let stand overnight, covered.

Brown diced pork, onion and garlic. Add to beans and soaking liquid. Add all other ingredients and stir to mix. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 2 hours or until tender. I usually add some sort of cooked pasta toward the end, small shells or bow ties works best. If the soup is too thick, just add a bit more water.

   

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