Chef John's Minestrone Soup

Chef John's Minestrone Soup

Chef John 21724

"This is the type of dish I never make the same way twice, but I hope you give this amazing minestrone recipe a try soon, but only once."


1 h 45 m servings 484 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 484 kcal
  • 24%
  • Fat:
  • 23 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.9g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 17.9 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 2020 mg
  • 81%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; cook and stir until it begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in onions and celery; cook and stir until onions start to turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  2. Pour chicken broth, water, and plum tomatoes into the pancetta and onion mixture. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Stir cranberry beans, cabbage, garbanzo beans, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and 2 teaspoons salt into broth mixture. Bring to a simmer and cook until cranberry beans are tender, adding more water as needed if the soup becomes too thick, about 45 minutes.
  4. Stir in Swiss chard and simmer until softened, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Stir in pasta and increase heat to medium-high and simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with extra virgin olive oil, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and Italian parsley.
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  1. 90 Ratings


Wow. What a big soup indeed. Not only did my husband offer the unprovoked, "this is the best soup I've ever had," there were clean bowls at the end of the meal- four of them. The significance...

This soup is excellent! I made as written with the exception of the beans. I couldn't find cranberry beans and I don't really care for garbanzo beans. In their place I used light red kidney b...

Excellent dish. Liked the pancetta and I would recommend adding more to the recipe. My husband who is Portugese loved this dish and even said his parents would have enjoyed. Grocery store unfa...

Wanted to make minestrone with what I had on hand, but didn't think I could do it without zucchini and carrots. Then luckily, I ran across this recipe which called for just about everything I ha...

This is a great recipe. I of course changed it a bit as chef john suggests most people will do. My changes were I didn't put in any cabbage or Swiss Chard as I don't care for those very much i...

I thought this was a fabulous recipe and very easy to make. Of course, I love Chef John's recipe, always flavorful and he allows enough room for individual creativity and diversity with persona...

The soup is just as good using common ingredients like bacon, cannelini beans (or garbanzo), any kind of pasta, etc. I did find Parmigiano-Reggiano but this is another way over priced ingredien...

This is a fantastic recipe that is so delicious. I did not have dried cranberry beans or canned garbanzos; used 2 cans red kidney and one can cannellini. Chef John's recipes are so good, I sti...

next time try bacon, did as directed but used pinto beans very excellent but pancetta very expensive 3oz. $5.00