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I created this soup after becoming tired of the excess salt and lack of veggies in canned minestrone. I recalled a great bowl of minestrone that was overflowing with rich vegetables at the 'Sheepherder's Inn' in Sacramento, California. Great with a hearty bread, romaine salad and a nice Merlot!

Provided by Jamie

Categories     Soups, Stews and Chili Recipes     Soup Recipes     Vegetable Soup Recipes     Minestrone

Time 1h25m

Yield 8

Number Of Ingredients 19

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 onions, chopped
2 cups chopped celery
5 carrots, sliced
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
4 cups tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
1 cup canned kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can green beans
2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
3 zucchinis, quartered and sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup seashell pasta
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping
1 tablespoon olive oil


  • In a large stock pot, over medium-low heat, heat olive oil and saute garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots, saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, water and tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring frequently. If desired add red wine at this point. Reduce heat to low and add kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves, zucchini, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, the longer the better.
  • Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain water and set aside.
  • Once pasta is cooked and soup is heated through place 2 tablespoons cooked pasta into individual serving bowls. Ladle soup on top of pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Spray with olive oil and serve.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 227.5 calories, Carbohydrate 30 g, Cholesterol 1.1 mg, Fat 8.3 g, Fiber 8 g, Protein 8.6 g, SaturatedFat 1.4 g, Sodium 1142 mg, Sugar 11.3 g


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Vegetables and herbs fresh from my garden make this one of our favorite soups. This recipe makes a lot, so it's perfect for large gatherings or to freeze in smaller containers for fast meals.-Virginia Bauer, Botkins, Ohio

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Dinner     Lunch

Time 1h50m

Yield 20 servings (5 quarts).

Number Of Ingredients 20

2 cups coarsely chopped onions
1 cup sliced celery
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups beef broth
2 cups chopped tomatoes or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
1 cup sliced fresh carrots
2 teaspoons dried basil or Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1-1/2 cups sliced zucchini
1 cup cut fresh green beans
1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 cup uncooked ditalini or 4 ounces spaghetti, broken into 3-inch pieces
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a stockpot, saute the onions, celery and parsley in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, cabbage, carrots, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. , In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir into soup along with the zucchini, beans and pasta. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender. Top each serving with cheese.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 209 calories, Fat 9g fat (3g saturated fat), Cholesterol 26mg cholesterol, Sodium 538mg sodium, Carbohydrate 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, Fiber 4g fiber), Protein 14g protein.


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Provided by Rachael Ray : Food Network

Categories     side-dish

Time 30m

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 11

4 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/8 pound pancetta, sliced and chopped
2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan in a slow stream) extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds escarole, washed and coarsely chopped (2 medium bunches or 1 large bunch)
2 (14-ounce) cans, cannellini beans, drained
1 quart prepared chicken stock or broth
A couple pinches ground nutmeg or fresh grated nutmeg
Coarse salt and black pepper
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, for topping
Warm, crusty bread, for mopping


  • In a deep, large, heavy pot over moderate heat, saute garlic and pancetta in extra-virgin olive oil for 3 minutes. Add onions and cook 1 or 2 minutes longer.
  • Add the greens and wilt them down to fit them all in the pot. Add beans, broth, and nutmeg, salt and pepper. Cook over moderate to medium-high heat for 12 minutes, or until greens are no longer bitter. Serve with shaved cheese, bread, and good red wine.


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Try this recipe from Nate Appleman's "A16 Food and Wine" for a hearty meal.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dinner Recipes

Number Of Ingredients 13

Coarse salt
4 ounces (1/2 bunch) dandelion greens, coarsely chopped
1 bunch (6 ounces) rapini, tough stems removed and coarsely chopped
6 cups coarsely chopped cabbage (about 1/2 head)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
1 ounce pancetta, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
2 cups Cheese Brodo
1 cup Prosciutto Brodo
Chicken Meatballs


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add dandelion greens and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a wire skimmer, transfer greens to a colander to drain. Add rapini to boiling water and cook until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a wire skimmer, transfer rapini to a colander to drain. Add cabbage to boiling water and cook until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain and set greens aside.
  • In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add celery, garlic, bay leaf, and red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until celery and garlic are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Stir in greens and both brodos. Let simmer until greens are tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Add meatballs during the last 5 minutes of cooking, if desired.
  • Ladle soup into warmed bowls; drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.


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This is a very conforting soup my Mum use to make a lot. Unortunately, I don't have her recipe but recently found this one in our local paper, courtesy of Ike DeLorenzo. He suggests using the best sausage you can find for this dish. His choice, cacciatorini, a dry, aged, spicy salami or pork and beef, or salsiccia Napoletana piccante, an excellent dry sausage from Naples. The use of the Parmedan rind flavors the whole soup.

Provided by dojemi

Categories     Low Cholesterol

Time 1h5m

Yield 8 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 10

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1/2 lb dry salami, grated with a large-hole grater (or pepperoni)
2 (32 ounce) packages chicken stock
parmesan cheese, rind (or other hard cheese) (optional)
3 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans (rinsed with cold water)
2 heads escarole (or 1 head excarole mixed with dandelion greens or other greens, coarsely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
6 ounces fresh spinach (stemmed)
freshly grated parmesan cheese (for serving)


  • In a soup pot over medium heat, heat the oil.
  • Cook garlic, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  • Add salami (or pepperoni) and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until it begins to render its fat.
  • Add the chicken stock and cheese rind (if using).
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • In a bowl with a fork, mash about 1 cup of the beans, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a steamer over boiling water, steam the escarole and other greens for 15 minutes.
  • Add the escarole, red pepper, and cannellini beans (mashed and whole) to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and cook 5 minutes more or until it wilts.
  • Remove the cheese rind,(if using).
  • Taste the soup for seasoning and add more dalt and pepper, if needed.
  • Ladel into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.

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