Minestrone Soup

2 Tbs. minced garlic
½ cup olive oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup broccoli florettes
1 cup cubed zucchini
4 15oz cans red kidney beans (drained)
18oz tomato sauce
32oz beef stock
32oz chicken stock
1Tbs each of oregano, basil, parsley
Salt & pepper to taste

Method; heat oil in soup pot and add garlic, add all vegetables and seasonings and sauté for about 10 minutes. Add both stocks and tomato sauce and simmer until vegetables are soft. Stir in kidney beans, ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Optional ingredients; ½ cup cooked brown rice or 1 cup cooked spicy Italian sausage. Serve with warm crusty bread.