Soup 2: Minestrone

This is one of Mr. Steam’s favorite soups. I love it because we get so many veggies into one bowl. Ms M loves it because it has carrots, beans and noodles all her favorite things.

  • 1/2 lb ditalini pasta cooked very al dente
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 slices of pancetta 1/4″ each – diced (skip this if you want to make it vegetarian)
  • 2 medium onions diced (2 c)
  • 4 carrots diced (2 c)
  • 4 celery stalks diced (2 c)
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 lb of swiss chard, stems removed and chopped into 1/2″ strips
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes – do not drain
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 t parsley
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 1/2 t basil
  • 2 cans cannellini beans – drained and rinsed
  • 8 c chicken stock (4 cans)
  • 1 Parmesan cheese rind (I freeze mine in zip top bags just for this soup)
  1. Cook the pasta until very al dente, it will finish cooking in the soup.
  2. Heat the olive oil up in a stock pot. Add the pancetta. Render out much of the fat and get some good color on the pancetta.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the pancetta to a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Drain all but 2 T of the grease from the pan. Sautee the onions, carrots, and celery until softened but you don’t want color on the veggies. This will take about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Once the veggies are soft add the garlic and cook just until you can smell the garlic.
  6. Add the chard and cook until it’s wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes, rosemary, basil, parsley, and oregano and cook for about 1o minutes.
  8. While the veggies and tomatoes are cooking drain and rinse one can of the beans. Puree the beans with 2 cups of the stock in a blender or food processor.
  9. Add the bean puree, stock and parmesean rind cook for about 10 minutes.
  10. Finally add the remaining beans and pasta cook for a final 1o minutes.

Serve and enjoy! I know that Mr Steam and Ms M sure do!


P. S. Even N, who doesn’t like food with green stuff, really enjoyed this soup. 20131217-171358.jpg


About NotYourNormalSteam

I love to make things, food, paper, fabric, the medium doesn’t really matter. I am also an obsessive planner. The day after Christmas I am already working out plans for the next year.
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