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Garden Fresh Minnestrone

3 med leeks or 1 onion
2 cloves garlic
3 T. olive oil
8 cups water or stock
6 c. prepared fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, zucchini, peas)
1 lb. kidney beans (canned)
1/2 tsp. each basil, oregano, rosemary
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup macaroni
2 cups chopped spinach
Parmesan for garnish

Trim root ends and outer leaves from leeks; split each leek lengthwise, rinse between layers and thinly slice. Cook leeks & garlic in oil for 5 minutes. Add stock, beans & their liquid, veggies and spices; bring to simmer. Reduce heat; cover & cook for 30 min. Stir in tomato paste & macaroni and simmer until macaroni is tender. Add spinach and cook just till it wilts. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Garnish with Parmesan at the table.

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