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Minestra - Beans and Greens Soup

This traditional soup is easy to make and is packed with nutrition and flavor.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Soups, Soups & Stews
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Greens and Beans Soup, Minestra
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mary's Nest


  • Medium-sized saucepan or soup pot


  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 medium Yellow or white onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves Fresh garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3-4 cups Cooked cannellini beans or another white bean, divided
  • 1 quart Chicken bone broth or chicken broth Vegetable broth or water may be substituted.
  • 1 head Escarole or other tender green, washed and chopped
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated Optional


  • Pour olive oil into the saucepan or soup pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium.
  • Add onion to the heated olive oil, and sauté until the onion is softened and translucent. This process takes 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chopped garlic, and sauté for an additional minute until fragrant.
  • Add the salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Add half of the beans to the onion and garlic mixture. Mash the beans. (See video.)
  • Add the chopped escarole to the onion, garlic, and mashed bean mixture, and stir well to incorporate the greens.
  • Add the remaining beans and broth to the pot, stir well, and bring the mixture up to a boil. Next, turn the heat to medium, cover the pot, and allow the soup to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, turn off the heat. Your soup is ready to serve, and you can ladle it into soup bowls. If you want, you can also grate cheese on top of the soup.
  • This soup will stay fresh, refrigerated for 3-4 days. Or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.



Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-italian-minestra-beans-and-greens-soup/
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