CLASSIC MOTHERS DAY RECIPE | BLOG | CHEF BRIAN HUSTON

brian_hustonMother’s Day is just a few days away and everyone is busy preparing for the best way to celebrate mom.  Beyond gifts, there is something about a home-cooked meal and spending time with family that makes Mother’s Day special.  BlueStar® All Star Chef Brian Huston has always loved his mother’s homemade soups, and has shared her American Minestrone.  Try this delicious addition for Sunday’s dinner.

American Minestrone

Step 1:  Sweat the following ingredients together

  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

 

Step 2:  Add the following ingredients and simmer together

  • 2 – 16 oz cans of whole tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 – 18 oz cans of baked beans
  • 1 – 16 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, minced
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (optional, my mom puts sugar in everything)
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil

 

Step 3: Mix the meatball mixture by hand and tear into the simmering stock.  Serve with 10 ounces of spaghetti broken into thirds and cooked.  Divide evenly in bowls.  Don’t add spaghetti to soup as it will absorb too much of the liquid.

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef or turkey
  • 3/4 cups bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt