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Friday, March 26, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Minestrone di Oregon

It's great when you have friends and family that are good cooks. I've learned so much from the recipes of others. I've been making this weeks recipe for years. My sister-in-law Stephanie passed it on to me. I really like it because it's so full of good foods that I always have on hand. I can make it in the crock pot too if I need to. And it's cheap!! You can't beat that.

Minestrone di Oregon - $3.67
French Bread - $.87

Total - $4.54

Minestrone di Oregon

2 T olive oil - .10
3 cloves garlic, minced - .12
1 C onion thinly sliced - .27
1 C carrots, diced - .18
1 C celery, diced - .24
2 C potatoes,  diced - .10 (15 lb bag Yukon Gold potatoes $1.98 @ Trading Co, bought 2 weeks ago)
3 C cabbage, shredded - .24 (.18c /lb @ Super 1 Foods)
1 15 oz can italian tomatoes - .63
3 C seasonal vegetables (zucchini, green beans etc) - .83 (zucchini for 78c/lb @ Winco)
3 C beef broth - .24
3 C water
1 15oz can great northern beans - .72
1 bay leaf - infantisimal
seasonings to taste

Saute onion and garlic in oil. Add carrots and cook a few min. Repeat with celery, potatoes and vegetables, cooking each a few min and stirring. Add cabbage. Add tomatoes, broth, water and seasonings. Cover & cook over low heat for 3 hrs or till soup is thick. Add beans and simmer for 15 min.
Serve with toasted french bread.

This recipe is really great in the summer when your garden is in. Everything in this soup can be grown right in your back yard, except the beans. There's nothing like walking through your garden and saying "what shall we have for dinner tonight?" The possibilities are endless. Until then, enjoy this meal knowing your not breaking the bank.

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I shared this recipe at The Grocery Cart Challenge. Head on over to see some more great recipes.

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