Persian Minestrone

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Ingredients Quantities
Olive oil, divided 280 mL
Large red onions, halved and thinly sliced, divided 12 each
Cloves garlic, divided 48 each
McCormick Gourmet® Mint, divided 6 tbsp
Turmeric, Ground 454 g 1/4 cup
Sea Salt, French Mediterranean 1.1 kg 2 tbsp
Pepper, Black Ground 540 g 3/4 tsp
(15-16 ounces each) cannellini beans, kidney beans or black lentils (or 1 can of each), undrained 18 cans
McCormick Kitchen Basics® Chicken Cooking Stock 6 qt
Water 3 qt
Chopped fresh parsley, divided 9 cups
Chopped fresh basil, divided 3 cups
Angel hair pasta, broken into thirds or thin egg noodles (about 2 cups) 12 oz
Fresh baby spinach 12 qt
Labneh, sour cream or mascarpone cheese 1 1/2 cups


Heat 6 tablespoon of the olive oil in large Dutch oven on medium-high heat. Add half of the onions; cook and stir until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, thinly slice 36 cloves of the garlic. Add to skillet with 2 tablespoons of the mint, turmeric, sea salt and pepper; cook and stir until garlic is softened, about 2 minutes. Add beans, broth and water; bring to boil. Add half of the parsley and basil; reduce heat to medium and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high and return to boil. Add pasta; cook until pasta is al dente, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach, remaining parsley and basil. Cook until spinach has wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, heat remaining ¾ cup olive oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add remaining onions; cook and stir 7 minutes or just until they begin to get crispy. Meanwhile, thinly slice remaining 12 cloves garlic. Add to skillet with remaining 4 tablespoons mint. Cook until garlic is golden brown and slightly crispy, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if desired. To serve, ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with labneh and the crispy onion mixture.

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