Miners Minestrone Soup

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.

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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:

Stovetop Directions:
1. Look through bean and vegetable mix for pebbles or other field debris. Soak beans (optional, directions inside).
2. In saucepan add 4 Cups water to bean mix *Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans soften, about 45 minutes.
3. When beans soften add both spice packets, tomatoes, pasta and cooked meat.
4. Return to simmer until pasta and beans are done.
5. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Crockpot Directions:
Add 4 C. water, the entire soup mix and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 10 hours, on high for 3 1/2 to 6 hours. Add pasta 2 hours before the soup is finished or omit. Add tomato right before serving. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1/2 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy!


How to Soak Beans

Lay bean and vegetable mix on a rimmed cookie sheet to look for stones and other field debris. Place the beans in the pot you will use to cook the soup. Add 8 C. water, soak for 8 to 24 hours on kitchen counter. Keep the water you used to soak the beans, return to the directions after the asterisk*.


Cooking Variations:

Switch up the tomato: To give this soup a stronger flavor you can switch out the tomato for a can of italian stewed tomatoes.
Switch up the Meat: Substitute Italian or turkey sausage.
Vegetarian: Prepare without meat, if desired, add meat substitute.
Vegetable Overload: 10-15 minutes before the soup is done add 1-2 C. cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, leeks, cauliflower etc.

Bean Hints & Nutrition:
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 fat or cholesterol, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.

Fun Fact: Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest; this may cause gas. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.

You will need:

  • 15 oz. chopped tomatoes
  • Ground beef, left over steak or roast
  • 3/4 cup favorite pasta or 1/4 C Barley

Package Includes:

  • Bean and vegetable mix
  • 1 Spice packet
  • 1 Broth packet

Directions:

Stovetop Directions:
1. Look through bean and vegetable mix for pebbles or other field debris. Soak beans (optional, directions inside).
2. In saucepan add 8 Cups water to bean mix *Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until beans soften, about 45 minutes.
3. When beans soften add both spice packets, tomatoes, pasta and cooked meat.
4. Return to simmer until pasta and beans are done.
5. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Crockpot Directions:
Add 8 C. water, the entire soup mix and meat to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 10 hours, on high for 3 1/2 to 6 hours. Add pasta 2 hours before the soup is finished or omit. Add tomato right before serving. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions:
Reduce water by 1 cup. Add water, soup mix, meat and tomato to Instant Pot. Lock the lid and seal the valve, set to Soup Mode, or High Pressure. Cook for 30 minutes, allow the pressure to release naturally or manually let the steam off. Enjoy!


How to Soak Beans

Lay bean and vegetable mix on a rimmed cookie sheet to look for stones and other field debris. Place the beans in the pot you will use to cook the soup. Add 8 C. water, soak for 8 to 24 hours on kitchen counter. Keep the water you used to soak the beans, return to the directions after the asterisk*.


Cooking Variations:

Switch up the tomato: To give this soup a stronger flavor you can switch out the tomato for a can of italian stewed tomatoes.
Switch up the Meat: Substitute Italian or turkey sausage.
Low Sodium: Discard the beef packet and replace 2 cups of water with low sodium beef broth or simply add less of the beef packet to reduce the sodium.
Vegetarian: Prepare without meat, if desired, add meat substitute.
Vegetable Overload: 10-15 minutes before the soup is done add 1-2 C. cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, leeks, cauliflower etc.

Bean Hints & Nutrition:
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 fat or cholesterol, and are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, and potassium.

Fun Fact: Beans are high in fiber and complex sugars that our bodies have to work hard to digest; this may cause gas. Over time increase the amount of beans you eat to help your body adapt.

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ROSLYN sits atop a coalfield that stretches for seven miles. Two years after a homesteader dug the coal with a pick and shovel, 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 state’s coal production. At its peak in the 1920s, two million tons of coal were mined annually. The miners in the Roslyn area made more than most miners. Two days work in the Roslyn mines would earn as much as two weeks of work for a garment worker in New York City.

In the State of Idaho: Idaho’s first industry was mining, and remains an important part of the state’s economy to this day. 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 along with vast amounts of lead, zinc, and copper. Other records in the Silver Valley include “the Morning Star”, one of America’s deepest mines.

Minestrone History: Minestrone 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.

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