PUBLISHED ON: 10.30.2009
This soup is soul satisfying and full of winter greens. Since this soup has to cook slowly don’t worry about prepping all your vegetables before you begin-just chop as you go.
Recipe from Gourmet
1/3 lb. sliced pancetta, chopped
3 medium red onions, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch swiss chard
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice
3 qt hot water
5 cups coarsely chopped cored Savoy cabbage (6 oz)
5 cups coarsely chopped escarole (1/2 lb)
1 piece Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
1 (19-oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
Accompaniments: extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling; cooked ditalini pasta tossed with oil (optional);grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1. Cook pancetta, onions, celery, and carrots in oil in a wide 7-to 9-qt heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, while preparing chard.
2. Cut out stems from chard and chop stems, reserving leaves. Stir chard stems into pancetta mixture with garlic, 1 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp pepper and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very tender and begin to stick to bottom of pot (about 45 minutes).
3. Push vegetables to one side of pot. Add tomato paste to cleared area and cook, stirring constantly, until it starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. ( Paste may stick to pot, but don’t let it burn).
4. Stir into tomatoes with their juice, breaking them up with a spoon,then add hot water (3 qt), scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pot.
5. Bring to a simmer. Stir in cabbage, escarole, and parmesan rind. Simmer, covered, until greens are tender, about 40 minutes.
That is some delicious looking and healthy soup.
Wow!Thatis a beautiful pot of soup! I love minestrone.That recipe sounds delicious, I like the addition of pancetta.
Minestrone and Winter, is like Ebony and Ivory….can't have one without the other… I love this one. Looks so hearty and soul warming…
Velva, this looks like a great soup to come home to, after an exciting night Trick or Treating, Nothing says home ~ like a pot of soup stemming in the kitchen! Great post and thanks…
I love minestrone. Your soup looks so tasty all I need is a loaf of crusty bread…yum!Mimi
I had prepared minestrone before but not as good as yours. Will bookmark this ~ Thank you!
Fresh Local and Best
Velva, this looks like a lovely and savory soup. I like all the vegetables you put in it, particularly the swiss chard.
That is one good lookin' soup!
Inspired by eRecipeCards
a beautiful soup… I have to rake leaves today, bring some over would you, I am cold and would love that waiting for me
Minestrone sounds excellent, so perfect for the cold weather!
mmmm delicious and healthy. I love soups. This is interesting because there isn't much seasoning. Just all that good flavor from those fresh vegies. Thanks for the post.
A crusty bread…and I am reday for this super comfortable looking soup. Really nice.
Minestrone is one of my favorite soups. I usually make a Giada de laurentiis recipe, but I'll have to give good old Gourmet's a try. Looks delicious.
I'd love to have some of this hearty soup!
Yowzers, that's a big pot of soup! Looks very tasty!!
chow and chatter
oh yummy, great soup you have some great recipes on here
Foodie with Little Thyme!
Yummy! I love the addition of pancetta and swiss chard. Looks just beautiful.
this is one super soup – I can taste it – really!
I don't know how you found me, but I'm glad to add another foodie to my list of friends. Besides, Tallahassee and FSU are great places to be from. My husband and I spent six years there in the 70's.
D. @ Outside Oslo
Isn't it wonderful to have a warm, one-pot meal stewing on the stove this time of year? First the aromas whiel it's cooking, then the taste!Thanks for sharing.
Hi Velva – Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog! Yours is gorgeous, especially this soup which is amazingly beautful.I'm sure it tastes just as good too.
Velva, this soup looks extraordinary. Love the swiss chard in this! YUM YUM
Lyndas recipe box
Velva, this is exactly what I need to make for tonight! Your soup looks delicious and the photo is wonderful! Thanks!
that looks so delicious, miss my mama and grammas soup! Maybe I will try this one, although I don't think my cooking will ever be as good as mama! 😉
I cant even begin to tell you how much Id love a bowl of this right now, looks super delicious.
YUM! Minestrone is my favorite kind of soup and this looks amazing!!!
minestrone soup is one of my favorite fall meals 🙂 especially with some bread & butter.
mmmmm…perfect for a chilly day like today…my toes are frozen, but I bet this soup would warm me all the way through! Sounds delicious 😀
This soup looks so hearty and delicious. I love all the veggies.
Rosa's Yummy Yums
That minestrone looks wonderful! A deliciously comforting dish!Cheers,Rosa
Sophie Sportende Foodie
Your soup looks fabulous!! A real beauty!!I love verything in it except escaroles!!
this kind of soup is exactly what i want to come home to on a chilly evening. hearty and filling yet still light and delicious. gorgeous creation, velva!
It has been ages since I last had some good minestrone. And yours looks gorgeous! I would love to dip some garlic bread with the soup.
Oh yeah, I could eat that all day long on a cold wet Saturday….much like yesterday! Nice job, V.
Yum, yum, yum! And a way to get some greens into my diet. Yay! Ever since I was pregnant with my youngest I've had a food aversion to spinach (ewww..I can barely type it. We call it the \”s\” word in my house and it used to be my favorite vegetable 🙁 That was 5 years ago. And it's still hanging on strong – so THIS recipe with swiss chard and escarole is perfect! Thank you!
Ju (The Little Teochew)
That is one big pot of comfort! With pancetta too … the soup must taste really smoky and robust. Great addition! Great looking soup!!
This soup leaves me speechless. So wonderful, wish I had some now 🙂
Thanks for passing from my blog. This is real comfort food packed with flavour and vitamins!!
Oh my goodness!! This is one lovely pot of minestrone!! IF ONLY I could have a BIG bowl of it now!!
Susie's country cottage
HiI just dropped by to thank you for your visit to my blog. Your soup looks delicious. I'm not much of a cook but this looks so easy even I could make it so I might give it a try! Enjoy the rest of your week.Susie
Yes, soup season is here! I love that you took your photo straight from the pot. You got all the pretty without all prep.
My Little Space
You're making such a huge pot! So nice of you for thinking of us… hahaha….
love lives in the kitchen
hello! this is a kind of blog i was looking for! glad to meet you and follow you!wish you a great week and hope to hear from you soon.justyna
I think we all could use a huge, healthful bowl of that soup!
Laura in Paris
I recently published a recipe of my minestrone. I love it and have one boiling in the kitchen!
That soup is spectacular. My house is cool, right now. Do you know how tempting that soup is. I think, I could dive in but I would rather eat it. There is so much to it. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Love this hearty soup, Velva! However, I am not quite ready for a hot soup yet- still too warm in so florida! But, I hear it won't be long!Your use of chard, pancetta, escarole and savoy cabbage in this soup makes it full of flavor and really healthy!!!
Rylan @ Art&Appetite
Now this is one breathtaking, mouthwatering soup. I can't wait to try it.PS. I made your Prosciutto-Wrapped Greens yesterday for a snack and my heart melted. It was fab fab fabulous! Now I know where to check for recipes. Thanks for sharing.
I love the addition of pancetta! Especially with the savoy cabbage, yum.
Yumm! This looks like such a healthy and tasty soup to make. It is definitely on my \”to do\” list.
OHHHHH MMMMYYYYYY That is what I should have had for dinner!
The Absence of Alternatives
You are like the goddess in the cooking world for lazy people like me: \”don't worry about prepping all your vegetables before you begin-just chop as you go\” THAT is for me!
Well now I'm totally craving Minestrone soup! What a wonderful recipe! I love the chard and cabbage!
I love all the fall flavours in this soup – very comforting indeed.
A perfect soup for the rainy weather we've been having here in england!
Karyn Bernard (French Charming)
Thank you for this lovely recipe…looks delicious!! I can't wait for it to cool down here still in the 80's but once it does, you can be sure I'll be preparing a nice pot of your Minestrone soup. Love and hugs,Karyn
What a nice minestrone soup, love the ingredients in it…very nice and soothing for this weather 🙂
That soup looks delicious!
stoppping by from SITS!!! That looks yummy!!!do stop by
This looks like a wonderful minestrone! I love swiss chard – it is so delicious 😀
looks like a perfect soup to cook over the weekend and eat throughout a week or freeze for later.also, looking at your other posts: you know how to throw a party!!!
so many great posts in the recent past Velva!!this minestrone is just perfect for winters..wishing you h very happy anniversary …God bless!!
Yum! This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!