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A nice hearty soup -- just serve with some crusty bread. : )


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20 Min
40 Min
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2 1/2 lb
swiss chard, coarsely chopped
1 tsp
olive oil
1/2 lb
1 Tbsp
garlic chopped
16-oz. can cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
16-oz. can whole tomatoes in juice
1/2 - 1 c
reserved cooking liquid
2 lb
potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/4 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
4 oz
cheese of your choice such as gruyere
add additional liquid (or chicken broth) as needed (according to your preference)

How to Make Minestra


  • 1Combine swiss chard and 1/4 cup water in a large dutch oven; tightly packed leaves and cover. Cook over medium heat until volume is reduced by half. Drain in colander, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
  • 2Heat oil over medium high heat and brown sausage - turning frequently - about 4 minutes or until browned. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in beans and tomatoes with juice, breaking up the tomatoes. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes.
  • 3Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in swiss chard with reserved cooking liquid (add additional cooking liquid if needed),potatoes, and red pepper. Cover and cook 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Sir cheese into minestra; remove from heat and let stand until cheese is partially melted, about 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls.

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About Minestra

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Scandinavian
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Carb
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy

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