Minestrone With Parmigiano-Reggiano

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 large red onion, chopped

2 large stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 large carrots, diced

1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta, cut into thin strips

1/2 head Savoy cabbage, finely sliced, blanched and drained

1/2 bunch Swiss chard, finely sliced

1 large waxy potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

4 cups low-sodium chicken stock

3 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 bouquet garni (1 sprig rosemary, 4 sprigs thyme, 1 bay leaf and 1 bunch parsley, tied together with kitchen twine)

3 cups cannellini beans (canned or cooked dried beans)

1 cup spinach, coarsely chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for topping


  1. Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, carrots and pancetta and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups water, the cabbage, chard, potato, chicken stock, tomatoes and bouquet garni. Bring the soup to a gentle simmer and cook 25 to 30 minutes. 
  2. Place half of the beans (1 1/2 cups) in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the bean puree and the whole beans to the soup and simmer 10 minutes. Add the spinach and cook 2 more minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with cheese. 
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