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Winter Minestrone

Minestrone is a beloved Italian soup, and one of the most recognizable ones in the US. It's a thick, hearty stew with vegetables, and often with pasta or rice. In my version, I opt for heartiness from potatoes and cannellini beans! The step of blending up some of the beans with broth gives the soup a delicious, velvety texture.

There are a few secrets to amazing flavor in this soup. A bit of pancetta at the beginning imparts a ton of great savory flavor to the entire dish. Additionally, the Parmigiano rind is essential! It gives the soup an irresistible umami element.

I love to serve this with rustic, crusty bread to sop up the tasty broth. Overall, it's an extremely comforting and nourishing dish with wonderful flavor.


Winter Minestrone


Main Course Soup

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, pancetta, and garlic. Saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the Swiss chard and potato, saute for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and rosemary sprig. Simmer until the chard is wilted and the tomatoes break down, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, blend 3/4 cup of the beans with 1/4 cup of the broth in a processor until almost smooth. Add the pureed bean mixture, remaining broth, and Parmesan cheese rind to the vegetable mixture. Simmer until the potato pieces are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Stir in the whole beans and parsley. Simmer until the beans are heated through and the soup is thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Discard Parmesan rind and rosemary sprig (the leaves will have fallen off of the stem.)
  3. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
31 grams
12 grams
11 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
9 milligrams
863 milligrams
7 grams
5 grams
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4 reviews & comments

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    Kerry Parkinson

    Made this soup and it is absolutely stellar! Satisfying and only 3 points in weight watchers! Another winner, Giada!

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    mindy Smith

    Delicious!!! I love the combination of flavors in this soup!! The rosemary and pancetta are outstanding. I used twice as much broth because I prefer my soups to be a bit thinner. I also used pasta rather than beans because my husband is not a bean fan. I used chicken broth because I had it on hand. Turned out fantastic – my husband had three servings and loved it!! 5 stars!!

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    Mary Elizabeth Guyton

    Thank you Giadzy! 😍 This is now the main meal for tomorrow ! I just ❤️ Giadzy😊

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    Shell Pullen

    This was a delicious soup. I just substituted beef broth for vegetable broth. Delicious! Worth trying on a cold day!

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