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Minestrone Ingredients Still Life

One time Laura sent me tips on how to photograph food. I should have read it more carefully. It is not easy to make it look tasty and inviting. I am at a point in my life where I lay out all the ingredients for a recipe before I start making it. You want to know you aren’t missing something crucial. The phone rings, you’re listening to the radio, you lose count. At least with it all spread out and ready you can doublecheck you added everything. Today was soup making day. I made a double batch but did each one in a single soup pot as I never think doubling in one pot works the best. The key to this Best Recipe is the addition of the Parmigiano Cheese Rind to boil up with the vegetables. It really makes the broth delicious. This recipe is total veg and I don’t add the pasta in the soup pot as it soaks up all the liquid. You can make ditalini and put it in the soup bowl and ladle the hot soup on top. I followed the recipe to the letter, slicing the leeks just so. And there is no such thing as inexpensive Parmesan. I cut the rind in half. The cannellini beans go in the last 5 minutes and I used canned. The recipe is from The Best Recipe cookbook(1999 edition) by the Editors of the Cooks Illustrated Magazine (page 28) or click here for their recipe for Hearty Minestrone. There are charts of other vegetables to use but broccoli is considered too strong for the soup and overpowering. And the reason it is called the Best Recipe is because they test all the recipes for a single dish and make it 100 different ways- with vegetable broth, chicken broth and the water with the wonderful soup rind- and they describe the pros and cons of each method and or addition. It’s good reading, about how and why they conclude they have found the BEST recipe! And I see there is a NEW Best Recipe out now. Yum!

Went to the Giant Eagle early this morning

7 responses

  1. Making soup is one of the most satisfying experiences…yum


    June 29, 2011 at 6:25 am

  2. marianne

    I was the lucky recipient of this wonderful soup Ruth made yesterday! Special delivery! There is no better comfort food than a great bowl of homemade soup! Thank you my friend! All the veggies look so pretty in the photo… even better in the bowl!


    June 29, 2011 at 7:46 am

  3. Sue Reinfeld

    That is a thoughtful photograph.


    June 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

  4. Kristin

    I love this time of year…so many fresh veggies everywhere!


    June 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

  5. Rob

    This very nicely “staged” photograph may change my mind about eating soup….especially if Ruth made it.


    June 29, 2011 at 8:26 am

  6. Looks tasty to me, especially those beans!


    June 29, 2011 at 8:34 am

  7. D. B,

    Always wondered what you did with the rind? Thanks.


    June 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

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