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Italian Greens and Croutons Soup

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“THE ONLY VEGETARIAN SOUP MY FAMILY LIKES ...From Nitty Gritty Italian cookbook..Easy, delightfully zesty meatless vegetable soup !”

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  1. Soak the fava beans in a generous amount of water for 24 hours.
  2. Drain and remove the skins.
  3. (If fava beans are not available, substitute peeled, cubed potatoes).
  4. Peel and cube the carrots and onions.
  5. Trim and cube the celery.
  6. Trim and cut the zucchini into half-inch slices.
  7. Core and finely shred the cabbage.
  8. Place the vegetables and water in a 12-quart pot.
  9. Add more water if needed to cover the vegetables.
  10. Season to taste, add the bay leaf and bring to a boil.
  11. Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  12. Remove the bay leaf and correct the seasoning to taste including a few tablespoons of soy sauce.
  13. Cool and refrigerate overnight.
  14. Reheat prior to serving.
  15. Place a piece of toasted French bread in each soup bowl.
  16. Carefully ladle the soup over the``crouton´´.
  17. Serve grated Parmesan cheese for diners to add according to their taste.

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