Hearty Minestrone With Parmesan Rind

8
Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery, sliced
  • 3 carrots, sliced
  • 3 garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper
  • 5 1/2 Ounce tomato paste
  • 1 lb smoked ham hock
  • parmesan cheese, rind (optional)
  • 8 Cup water
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubes
  • 1 Cup dry pasta
  • 1 Cup red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Cup white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 2 1/2 Cup Italian bread, cubed and trimed
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon pepper, coarsely cracked