Coca-Cola Italian Minestrone Soup

Coca-Cola Italian Minestrone Soup

Total Time: 2hr | Prep Time: 30min | Cook Time: 1hr 30min

INGREDIENTS

  • 2.5 Poundblade chuck roast or meaty soup bones
  • 2.5 Quartwater
  • 2 Teaspoonsalt
  • 1small onion, sliced
  • .5 Cupcelery leaves
  • 1bay leaf
  • 2slices of bacon, diced
  • 1.5 Cupcooked or canned kidney beans
  • 1.5 Cupcut-up fresh green beans
  • .5 Cupdiced celery
  • .5 Cupfresh or frozen green peas
  • .5 Cupthinly sliced zucchini
  • .5 Cupthinly sliced carrots
  • 1 Cupmushrooms, sliced
  • 25 Cupdiced onion
  • .25 Cupcut-up parsley
  • 1clove garlic, minced
  • .5 Cupelbow macaroni
  • 6 Ouncetomato paste
  • 1 CupCoca-Cola®
  • 1 Tablespoonolive oil
  • 1 TablespooWorcestershire sauce
  • 1 TablespoonItalian seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoonsalt
  • .25 Teaspoonblack pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pan, place all ingredients, cover and simmer about 2 1/2 hours until meat is tender. Strain broth (should measure 2 quarts). Add ice cubes to harden the fat, and remove fat from broth. Finely dice meat, discarding fat and bones, to about 2 cups. In 5- or 6-qt. kettle, combine beef broth and meat. Place over low heat while preparing the following: 2 slices bacon, diced, 1 1/2 cups cooked or canned kidney beans, 1/2 cup cut-up fresh green beans, 1/2 cup diced celery, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas, 1/2 cup thinly sliced zucchini, 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots, 1/4 cup diced onion, 1/4 cup cut-up parsley, 1 clove garlic, minced, 1/2 cup (2 oz.) elbow macaroni, 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste, 1 cup Coca-Cola®, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper Pan fry bacon until crisp. Add bacon with drippings and all the remaining ingredients to the broth. Cover and simmer about 30 minutes, until vegetables and macaroni are tender. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Makes about 3 quarts. This hearty, meal-in-a-bowl vegetable soup freezes well.

  2. To save time, prepare the vegetables while the meat cooks.