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Minestrone Recipe

Looking for an easy Minestrone recipe? Learn how to make Minestrone using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by colleen10

Makes 8 servings



Hearty supper soup with lots of fiber

Recipe Ingredients for Minestrone

14 1/2 oz great northern beans
1/4 pound bacon or pancetta, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 zucchini, scrubbed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/4 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 pound boiling potatoes
4 cups shredded green cabbage (preferably Savoy)
1/2 pound kale, rinsed, drained, stems discarded, and the leaves chopped (about 6 cups)
28 ounces canned tomatoes, chopped coarse and drained well
6 cups chicken broth (preferably low-salt)

Recipe Directions for Minestrone

  1. In a heavy kettle cook the pancetta in the oil over moderate heat, stirring, until it is crisp and pale golden, add the onion, and cook the mixture, stirring, until the onion is softened.

  2. Add the carrots, the celery, and the garlic and cook the mixture, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the zucchini, the green beans, and the potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch dice, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 4 minutes.

  3. Add the cabbage and the kale and cook the mixture, stirring, until the cabbage is wilted. Add the tomatoes and the broth and simmer the soup, covered, for 1 hour.

  4. Drain the white beans, reserving the liquid. In a blender or food processor purée half of them with the reserved liquid, and stir the purée and the remaining white beans into the soup. Simmer the soup, uncovered, for 15 minutes, thin it if desired with some of the remaining reserve liquid, and season it with salt and pepper.

  5. The soup may be made 3 days in advance and kept covered and chilled. Reheat the soup, thinning it with water as desired. Serve the soup with grated Parmesan (not included in nutrition analysis).

  6. Makes about 10 cups, serving 6 to 8.

Categories

Soup

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 524.5g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
221
Calories from Fat
79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
8.8g
14%
Saturated Fat
2.1g
10%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
13mg
4%
Sodium
764mg
32%
Potassium
532mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates
26.3g
9%
Dietary Fiber
7.5g
30%
Sugars
7.9g
Protein
9.4g
Vitamin A 131% Vitamin C 121%
Calcium 11% Iron 13%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B+
  Good points
  • Low in cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Very high in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
  •   Bad points
  • High in sodium
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