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  • Matera Rice and Bean Soup
    Recipe contributed by Julia Scalcione
    Town/Region of Recipe: Matera, Basilicata
    • 1 pound green cabbage, chopped
    • 1/2 pound fresh spinach
    • 2 medium onions chopped fine
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 pound cannellini beans drained
    • 1/2 cup rice uncooked
    • 2 tablespoons pesto sauce
    In a large sauce pan combine the cabbage, spinach, potatoes, onion and oil with rice and the 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil, add salt and pepper and simmer for about an hour. Add canned beans and continue to simmer 10 minutes longer. Remove from heat, stir in pesto and allow to stand for at least 10 minutes before serving. Soup is often served at room temperature not piping hot at which point it will be thick and stew-like.

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