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Two Bean Minestrone, Pancetta, Parmigiano Reggiano

Russ Myers


The word minestrone, roughly translated from Italian, means "the big soup." It is generally a hearty soup, made with a variety of seasonal vegetables, meat if desired and occasionally pasta or rice.
This recipe certainly fits that group of delicious soups


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8 Servings
10 Min
30 Min
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3 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
5 oz
pancetta, chopped
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 medium
leek, white and tender green parts, chopped
1 large
carrot, chopped
1 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
4 clove
garlic, minced
2 qt
chicken broth
1 can(s)
(28 oz.) italian tomatoes in puree, chopped, puree reserved
1 can(s)
(15 oz.) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 can(s)
(15 oz.) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/4 oz
piece of il villaggio parmigiano reggiano rind*
3/4 tsp
dried thyme
bay leaves
1/2 c
ditalini pasta (or another small tube pasta)
1 c
(4 oz.) fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 c
(1 oz.) kale, stems discarded, leaves chopped
grated il villaggio parmigiano reggiano

How to Make Two Bean Minestrone, Pancetta, Parmigiano Reggiano


  • 1In a large pot, heat the oil until hot. Add pancetta. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until darkened and edges are curled. Add onion, leek, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • 2Add broth, tomatoes with puree, garbanzo and pinto beans, cheese rind, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
  • 3Add pasta. Return to a boil and cook 6 minutes. Add green beans and kale. Simmer 1 minute. Discard cheese rind and bay leaves. Serve with grated cheese on top.
  • 4*Don't Toss That Rind!
    Don't toss those Parmigiano-Reggiano rinds; they can infuse many tomato and beef based soups, broths, stews and sauces with a rich, tangy flavor! Simply simmer them along with the rest of the ingredients in the base, then discard before serving.

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About Two Bean Minestrone, Pancetta, Parmigiano Reggiano

Course/Dish: Pasta, Bean Soups, Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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