made a big pot of minestrone. seemed like a good idea, lots of veggies around etc etc.
tastes fine, but is terribly ugly.
i was using the recipe for minestrone alla romagna from the hazan book, except i had to sub a few ingredients. no green beans in the market, so i used yellow wax beans. since i wanted more colors than just yellowish white, i switched to red kidney beans instead of cannelini.
for those unfamiliar it also contains zuccinni squash, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots onions celery and cheese.
i watered down the stock, i used 4 cups stock and 2 cups water (her stock recipe is very weak).
in the end, i had a tastey soup but SO ugly looking. it looks like something that should be fed to oliver twist. brownish orangish broth. . . maybe it was the beans switching that browned it out??
so, in your opinion, what should the color of minestrone be? I think i would do more tomatoes next time and just let it be red. also i don't know why i put in kidney beans of any kind, i really think they suck. they are never creamy and the skins are unpleasant. i think roman beans should replace them whenever possible.