Miners Minestrone – small

$ 4.79

Product Description

This is your traditional minestrone hodgepodge soup but with an above average twist from the Rill’s kitchen. Great in a crock pot or left to simmer on the stove. Throw in your favorite pasta and you have a whole meal.

Ingredients: Mixed beans, split peas, dehydrated vegetables (carrots, celery, potatoes, bell peppers, tomato), black pepper, Vegetarian beef flavor (yeast extract, non hydrogenated vegetable oil, onion, garlic, real salt™, tomato, natural flavor (contains torula yeast), herbs, celery, bell pepper, black pepper, rice hulls), herbs & spices. Contains no artificial flavors, preservatives or added M.S.G.

You will need: 8 oz. chopped tomatoes
Ground beef, left over steak or roast
1/3 cup favorite pasta or 1/8 C Barley

Package Includes: Bean and vegetable mix
1 Spice packet

Directions: Sort & rinse beans. In 2 quart saucepan add 4 cups water and bean mix. Cover and bring water to boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans soften, approximately 1 hour. Brown meat and drain fat. When beans soften add spice packets, chopped tomatoes, pasta and precooked meat to the beans. Return to simmer and cook until pasta is done. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Crockpot Directions: Add water, the entire soup mix and precooked meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours (minimum) to 10 hours (maximum). Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours (minimum) to 6 (maximum). Add tomato right before serving. Enjoy!

Cooking Variations: Add Italian or turkey sausage.
Vegetarian: Prepare package without meat. (Beef flavor is yeast based.) If desired add meat substitute.

Bean Hints & Nutrition: Beans should always be sorted, cleaned and washed to remove any small rocks, etc.
The USDA recommends that adults eat three cups of beans per week for the maximum health benefit. Beans are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated at or cholesterol and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.
Why Beans May Cause Discomfort: Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest which may cause intestinal gas.
To reduce cooking time and intestinal gas soak the beans six to 12 hours ahead of cooking to help dissolve the complex sugars. Drain and replace the soaking water as frequently as possible. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.

Tidbits of History

In the State of Washington: The Leary Coal Company opened a seam at Ravensdale in 1890 (this is Northwest of Black Diamond). It soon began to produce so well that it attracted the NW Improvement Company, the coal mining arm of the Northern Pacific Railroad. They bought the land and brought in experienced Italian, Polish, and Lithuanian miners from the East coast. In 1915 an explosion killed 31 miners. This, combined with a declining demand, closed the mine and moved many of the houses to Roslyn where they also were operating mines.

ROSLYN sits atop a coalfield that stretches for seven miles. In 1884, Nez Jensen, a homesteader, dug coal with a pick and shovel and sold it to blacksmiths in the Ellensburg area. Two years later the Northern Pacific Railroad examined the deposits and within weeks had miners digging coal. By 1898, a decade after opening the Roslyn mines they accounted for half the coal production in the state. At its peak in the 1920’s two million tons of coal were mined annually. The miners in that area made more than most miners and two days work in the Roslyn mines would earn as much as two weeks work of a garment worker in New York City.

In the State of Idaho: The first industry was mining, and still is today 130 years after the discovery of gold, in 1860, it remains as an important part of the states economy. The Coeur d’Alene mining district is proven to be the richest silver mining district in the world. In 1985 the mines produced their one-billionth ounce of silver and also vast amounts of lead, zinc, and copper. Other records in the Silver Valley include “the Morning Star” one of the deepest mines in America.

Even More Tidbits of History
Minestrone soup has no set recipe and the word has become a synonym for “hodgepodge.” Minestrone is one of the cornerstones of Italian Cuisine and may be more widely dispersed and eaten throughout Italy than pasta. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots and tomatoes. Add any vegetable that is in season and make this soup distinctly yours.

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