Martha Stewart's Minnestrone Soup

Awesome recipe--best minestrone I've had! I sometimes add Ditalini pasta and a little chicken broth.

Photo by Nancy H.

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

8

10 cups

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • For the Beans:

  • 3/4

    cup dried cannellini beans (5 ounces)

  • 1/2

    large onion

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 2

    oz. proscuitto end(optional)Prosciutto is traditionally used to flavor soup. Buy it from any butcher/meat counter.

  • For the Soffritto:

  • 1/3

    cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1

    large rib celery, very finely chopped

  • 1

    medium carrot, very finely chopped

  • 1

    large onion, very finely chopped

  • For the Soup:

  • 1

    medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, quartered lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices, rinsed well

  • 3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 2

    large celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 2

    medium carrots, cut on the diagonal into 1/4-inch slices

  • 6

    ounces small red potatoes (about 7), cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1

    medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices

  • 4

    ounces green beans, trimmed, cut on the diagonal into 1-inch pieces (about 1 cup)

  • 1

    can (14 1/2 ounces) whole peeled plum tomatoes with juice, crushed

  • 1

    bunch (5 ounces) Tuscan kale (also called cavolo nero), stemmed, leaves cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips

  • 1/4

    head savoy cabbage, cored and very thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

  • 4

    cups Vegetable Stock-use 2 T. salt if veg. broth is salt free

  • 1

    rind (3 inches) Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 4

    oz. prosciutto end (optional)

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 1/8

    teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

Make beans: Cover beans with cold water by 2 inches in a bowl. Refrigerate 8 to 12 hours. Drain. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in large saucepan. Add beans, onion, and bay leaf. Reduce heat; simmer until beans are just tender, about 1 hour. Drain, reserving beans and 4 cups liquid. Discard solids from beans, and cover beans. Make soffritto: Heat oil in a stockpot over medium-low heat. Add celery, carrot, and onion. Cook, stirring often, until deep golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Make soup: Add leek and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until soft, about 4 minutes. Raise heat to medium-high; add celery, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and green beans. Cook, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in reserved bean liquid, the tomatoes and juice, kale, cabbage, stock, cheese rind, and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover; simmer 1 hour. Add beans. Cover; cook until tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Minestrone can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days; thin with water if needed before reheating.

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