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Ciambotte or Cabbage Stew

The Sicilian Gentleman's Cookbook by Don Baratta

Serving Size: 6


4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 onion, sliced

1 tablespoon oregano

1/2 cabbage head, coarsely chopped

1 cup celery leaves and ends, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 potatoes, peeled & diced

1 quart chicken broth

2 cups beans, kidney or pinto etc., cooked & drained

1/2 cup pasta, small, cooked & drained


1. Heat olive oil in a large pot, then sauté the garlic and onion, stirring, until onions are translucent. Add the oregano, and then stir in the chopped cabbage. Cover the the pot and simmer until the cabbage has been cooked down to half. Add celery and salt and pepper, and simmer another 5 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer 5 minutes more, stirring so pototos do not stick to the bottom of the pot. Now add the broth,.

2. Reduce heat and cook about 10 minutes before adding the beans. Bring back to a simmer, and stir in the macaroni. Cook about 20 minutes more until the macaroni is done and the potatoes are tender.

3. Spoon the ciambotte into large bowls, and grate cheese directly onto each serving.

4. Variations:

Obviously, many additional or alternative ingredients may be added or used in this recipe. A few chopped tomatoes, for example, can be tossed in. Carrots and string beans are good, as are turnips or rutabaga instead of potatoes. You want a richer flavour, which can be achieved with a spoonful of sugar. On the other hand, a squeeze of lemon or vinegar will give the dish tartness. Follow your taste buds and your inclinations and you may find happiness.

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Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

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