Thursday, November 12, 2009

NOT Minestrone Soup

I was hoping for a minestrone-type soup... without the pasta or beans, of course! This was pretty tasty. A perfect meal for rooting on the San Francisco 49ers on a chilly Thursday night!

about 3 lbs lean ground pork
32 oz beef broth, no added salt
15 oz diced tomatoes, canned, no added salt
8 oz tomato sauce, no added salt
1 C red wine
1 1/2 C carrots, sliced
3 stalks, celery
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 C mushrooms
2-3 small zucchini, sliced
about 2 C spinach
1 bay leaf
ground pepper
Italian seasoning

Brown ground pork in a skillet and add to crock pot. Saute onion, garlic and mushrooms in skillet with 1 tsp olive oil, add to crock pot. Add remaining ingredients (EXCEPT zucchini and spinach) to crock pot. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Add additional liquid to the soup, if needed. About a half hour before serving, add zucchini and spinach to soup. Don't forget to remove the bay leaf... (it ended up in my bowl tonight). :-) Hope you enjoy! .... Have a great weekend!

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