My favorite as a child and even now❤️
In large stock pot add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 lg. pork hock or 2 small ones….Brown on all sides.
Sauté these veggies in pot once pork is browned (you will need to add a little water to pot at this time to get up all the goodness at the bottom😍)….
1 sweet onion- diced
3 cloves of garlic- minced
3 stalks of celery (one being a tender one with leaves) – chopped
3 med. carrots -diced
Once veggies are tender ADD approximately 8 to 10 cups of water to pot and about 4 tablespoons of chicken soup base, stir (OR the equivalent of chicken broth if desired). Add seasonings…basil,parsley,pepper and other Italian spices you desire to taste. Let simmer for about 1/2 hr.
Once simmered ADD….
-3 cans of cannellini beans (OR 1 lb. of dried cannellini beans that were soaked overnight and rinsed).
-1 can of Italian diced tomatoes (OR 1 cup of homemade tomato sauce).
Let that all come to a boil and lower heat to simmer for approximately 1 to 2 hrs. stirring occasionally while soup reduces alittle.
Once soup is done, in another pot boil water for pasta… Use approximately 3/4 of a lb. of small pasta (such as Ditalini or Tubettini) and boil till tender, drain and add hot pasta to soup and stir. Serve soup piping hot topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh ground pepper!❤️ Enjoy