Ingredients needed to make this Italian farm style Mediterranean soup
2 1/2 large diced carrots
2 celery ribs chopped
1 medium purple or white diced onion or 1 1/2 cups sliced leeks
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves finely minced
28 ounces (2 14 1/2 ounce cans) low or no salt chicken broth
* Optional 1 cup white wine
15 ounces (2 – 8 ounce cans) low or no-salt tomato sauce
16 ounces (1 14 1/2 ounce can) white or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
* Optional 1 15 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
14-1/2 ounces (1 14 1/2 ounce can) diced tomatoes with juice
1-1/2 cups shredded cabbage or shredded Brussels sprouts
3 tablespoons fresh basil chopped or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
3 tablespoons fresh oregano chopped or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 to 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni(pasta the kind you like) remember this is a soup not a pasta dish
* Optional garnish: grated Parmesan cheese
* Optional garnish: drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
* Optional garnish: chives coursed chopped
* Optional garnish: basil course chopped
Saute carrots, celery and onion in oil and butter until tender. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Stir in broth, tomato sauce, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, cabbage, basil, parsley, oregano and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and slow simmer for 15 minutes. Add more broth or water if needed. Add macaroni and cook, uncovered, until macaroni and vegetables are tender.
Taste and adjust if needed salt, pepper and spices.
Garnish and serve with hard crust bread or buttered, toasted garlic bread.