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Old 08-18-2008, 10:40 PM   #11
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antsi di peppe(sp)is the classic and traditional past to add. Even when fully bloated, it is no larger then Israeli couscous.

IMO, minestrone with out pasta, is like chicken with out the noodle...
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I do like tubettini or acini de pepe and I add it towards the end. It seems to do ok for a few days in the fridge.
Yep, it is not offensive when it swells.
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:14 PM   #12
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Since you have mixed feelings about hot soup, why not take some of your garden's bounty and make a nice icy cold gazpacho? Maybe even add some tiny shrimp? Yummy, and so refreshing on a hot evening.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:02 AM   #13
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I adore Gazpacho (in fact, I've yet to come across a soup that I don't like), but my husband doesn't like it. In fact, he doesn't care for cold soups, period. So while I do occasionally whip up some Gazpacho for myself, I don't make cold soups for both of us.

And really, even though served hot, Minestrone has to be the king of fresh vegetable soups, & what better time to make it then when local veggies are truly fresh?

I have some absolutely gorgeous fresh "Bright Lights" Swiss chard, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, leeks, carrots, celery, garlic, green beans, yellow wax beans, a can of Cannellini beans, a nice hard "heel" of good Parmesan cheese, & some tiny little shell pasta all raring to go - along with quarts of delicious homemade chicken stock.

Depending on when he gets home & how hungry he is, hubby will have a choice of accompaniments: sandwich on a crusty roll, crusty bread, &/or a green salad.

Since I'll be home all day today & can make the soup ahead of time, definitely an easy-peasy dinnner for a hot day. (And of course, with central air conditioning, it's only "hot" when one steps out the door. . . .)
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:06 AM   #14
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pasta yes, small pasta even more yes, and the when is the real question. If I'm making enough soup for a second meal or more, I do the pasta in broth separately and add it to the bowl first and ladle the soup on top (same thing I'd do with rice in a gumbo). But if I'm making just enough for the table tonight with maybe a cup for lunch tomorrow, I do it all together.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:35 PM   #15
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Breezy, my husband doesn't like gazpacho, either...he somehow cannot get past the idea that soup should be hot. What is wrong with these guys????
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:00 PM   #16
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I don't know. I mean, he drinks cold juices & such - I don't see the difference except that cold soups are more flavorful.

I also like well-made Cold Cucumber Soup, which, of course, he doesn't. But since he'll readily eat Indian "raita", which is essentially just cold yogurt laced with cucumber & some spices, again I don't see the difference.

But - no big deal. I just enjoy them in restaurants or make them for myself when I'm in the mood.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:37 PM   #17
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Breezy, my husband doesn't like gazpacho, either...he somehow cannot get past the idea that soup should be hot. What is wrong with these guys????

Just tell him it's an extra thick bloody mary.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:16 PM   #18
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Make my Minestrone with Pasta

I agree with kitchenelf: Use the tiny pasta acini de pepe. And cook al dente before adding. I always pre cook my pasta.

I do not like the larger pasta for soup. I always make a large pot. Pasta
reheated is not our taste. The tiny pasta works.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:14 AM   #19
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Thanks for all the ideas, advice, & opinions guys. I did end up making the pasta (tiny shells) separate. Just cooked them up first, drained, & saved them for later. Then put a big spoonfull in each serving bowl & ladled the hot soup over them. Worked great!
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:18 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the ideas, advice, & opinions guys. I did end up making the pasta (tiny shells) separate. Just cooked them up first, drained, & saved them for later. Then put a big spoonfull in each serving bowl & ladled the hot soup over them. Worked great!
Perfect. You did good.
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