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Great Northern Minestrone

1 c Idaho Great Northern Beans - rinsed
Water
1/2 c Chopped onion
1 ts Minced garlic
1 tb Dry basil
1 ts Dry oregano
1 ts Salt
Pepper, to taste
Leftover ham or beef bones
16 oz Tomatoes, undrained
4 c Thinly sliced vegetable -(carrots, zucchini, -celery, cabbage)
1/2 c Small macaroni
1/4 c Chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese


Add beans to 3 cups boiling water; boil for 2 minutes. Cover and let stand 1 to 4 hours. Drain and rinse well. Place beans in kettle. Add 6 cups water, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and ham or beef bones. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are almost tender. Add tomatoes, vegetables, macaroni and parsley, breaking up tomatoes. Cover and simmer 1/2 hour longer or until ingredients are done. Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired. Adjust seasonings. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 2 to 2-1/2 quarts.


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