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Milanese Style Minestrone

1/4 pound salt pork
1 garlic clove -- minced
1 onion -- thinly sliced
2 sprigs parsley -- chopped
1/2 cup small white beans -- soaked overnight, and drained
2 potatoes -- cubed
2 carrots -- diced
2 celery stalks -- sliced
2 medium zucchini -- thinly sliced
2 tomatoes -- chopped
1 small cabbage head -- shredded
1 cup frozen peas -- thawed
1/2 cup rice
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste
1 tablespoon chopped basil
grated Parmesan cheese -- for garnish


Saute the salt pork, garlic, onion and parsley in a skillet. Combine with all remaining ingredients, except cabbage, peas, rice and basil, and 2 quarts water in crock pot. Cover and cook on HIGH 2 hours, then on LOW 8 hours.

Add cabbage, peas, rice and cook on HIGH 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Add salt, pepper, and basil, top with grated Parmesan and serve in bowls, with French bread.


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