De's Minestrone Soup Unverified!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 2/3 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup cut Italian green beans
  • 1 cup white kidney beans
  • 1 cup (can) pinto beans
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup tiny star/other small pasta
  • 1/2 cup basil, chopped w/2 Tbl olive oil
  • 2/3 cup leeks, chopped

Preparation

Soup stock: add 3 beef knuckles or beef shank to 4 quarts cold water and 1 tablespoon salt. Simmer slowly 3 to 4 hours; remove bones. Let cool overnight. Remove fat.

Add soup stock to large pot; bring to boil, 15 to 20 minutes. Ad 1 1/2 to 2 cups water. Salt and pepper; bring to boil. Add carrots, zucchini, celery, potatoes, green beans and pasta; simmer for 20 minutes. Add basil; simmer 10 minutes. Add beans; simmer 20 minutes or so, vegetables should be cooked. Serve with Parmesan cheese.