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winter minestrone

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Beth Streeter
Easton, PA

My 8 year old daughter who hates healthy food LOVES this soup. It's inexpensive to make. Freezes wonderfully!

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There's nothing better than soup on a cold day ... and this recipe will warm ya right up! The Test Kitchen smelled wonderful while this was simmering. I had a hard time finding wheat berries, so I used barley. It did seem to thicken up a bit, so I added two more cups of the chicken stock. Keep that in mind if you make this substitution.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 10-12
prep time 45 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For winter minestrone

  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 4
    green onions chopped
  • 1
    celery stalk chopped
  • 4 oz
    finely chopped deli ham
  • 3
    large carrots chopped
  • 1/2 lb
    kale chopped
  • 1
    Parmesean cheese rind
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 dash
    coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 c
    wheat berries rinsed
  • 3 c
  • 6 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 can
    diced tomatoes (14 ounce can)

How To Make winter minestrone

  • 1
    Heat oil in a large pot and add onions, celery, carrots and ham.
  • 2
    Saute 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Add water, broth, wheat berries, cheese rind, salt and pepper. Then bring to a boil.
  • 4
    Reduce heat and simmer covered for 30 minutes or until wheat berries are tender.
  • 5
    Stir in tomatoes and kale and cook until thoroughly heated.
  • 6
    Just a note, if you have kidney beans or other veggies that need to be used up add them in. If you can't find wheat berries use barley instead. Enjoy!