Tuesday 21st August 2018. Minestrone soup with Sara in the last hour.

August 21, 2018

Program Audio:

Apart from you, me and the music in the first two hours today….

In the last hour we have our weekly visit from Sara, today’s topic is Minestrone Soup! What is more Sara brought some with her so we could try it out for breakfast.

Sara’s Minestrone Recipe

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, diced

1 large carrot, diced

1 large zucchini, unpeeled, diced

1 cup frozen diced spinach

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 14-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes

1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes

3 cans high quality beef broth (or 1 ½ boxes)

1 15-ounce can low-sodium cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, ½ blended

1 cup dried kidney beans, pre-boiled for 40 mins

1 parmesan rind

1 cup elbow pasta

1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Pinch of crushed red chili peppers (if desired)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add the celery, carrot and zucchini and cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the oregano and basil, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook 3 more minutes.
  2. Add the diced and crushed tomatoes and the beef broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Add in kidney beans, cannellini beans, spinach and parmesan rind, and reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes.   Reduce to low and simmer 30 minutes more and add a pinch of crushed red chili peppers (if desired). Cook the pasta separately in salted water until al dente and add to soup for about 4 minutes until are tender. Season with salt (if necessary). Ladle into bowls and top with the parmesan and chopped basil.

News Audio:

The plaintiffs in the process following former President  Ricardo Martinelli for allegedly spying on the communications of at least 150 people, announced that they will oppose the request for bail filed by Martinelli’s lawyers, an issue that will be analyzed by the full Supreme Court of Justice in a hearing August 28.

The Comptroller General of the Republic, Federico Humbert , denounced last week in the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) the PRD deputy and vice president of the National Assembly Leandro Avila .

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The engineer Ricardo Solís submitted his resignation from the position of general manager of  the Agricultural Development Bank (BDA), which was effective as of yesterday Monday, August 20, 2018.

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