Winter Minestrone

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Beth Streeter

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@bakeratheart

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. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
10-12
Prep:
45 Min
Cook:
45 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 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
    salt
  • 1 dash(es)
    coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 c
    wheat berries rinsed
  • 3 c
    water
  • 6 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 can(s)
    diced tomatoes (14 ounce can)

How to Make Winter Minestrone

Step-by-Step

  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!

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About Winter Minestrone

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Collections: Soup's On! Winter Recipes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy



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