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Hearty White Bean Minestrone
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Hearty White Bean Minestrone

Hearty white bean minestrone is a veggie loaded warming spin on the Italian classic. This soup is full of veggies and protein to keep winter colds at bay and it's got a depth of flavour from pancetta and cavolo nero. A nod to classic Italian ingredients.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 76kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 strips pancetta or bacon chopped
  • 2 small carrots chopped
  • 1 brown or white onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1/4 cup mixed soup pulses see notes
  • 1 litre vegetable broth
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin cannellini beans

Instructions

  • In a large sauce pan heat the pancetta over a medium heat. Once it’s mostly cooked, add the next ingredients up to and including the garlic.
  • Add the thyme and sweat the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until they are soft and translucent. Some colour on the veggies is fine.
  • Add the vegetable stock, mixed pulses and bring to the boil for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and adjust the seasoning.
  • If you find your soup a little too acidic from the tomatoes, a drop or two of good quality balsamic should help.

Notes

Notes: Mixed pulses for soup can be found in most health food aisles of your grocery store. They contain a mix of lentils, barley, pasta and faro. Be sure to but no-soak, quick cooking ones.