Winter Minestrone Soup

Substantial enough for a main meal, this hearty farmhouse soup is marvelously adaptable and filled with beautiful nourishment from beans and root vegetables. Just add bread and a salad and supper’s ready!


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 turnip, rutabaga, or golden beet, peeled and diced
1 small bunch winter greens such as kale, collards, chard, or cabbage, shredded
1 small can chopped tomatoes, or a dollop of tomato paste or sauce
1 cup well-cooked beans, such as chickpeas, kidney, or cannellini
1 quart vegetable stock, more if needed
Herbs to taste
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
Splash red wine vinegar or pickle brine if the soup needs more acidity
Grating of Parmesan or sprinkle of herbs for garnish

1. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat.

2. Add leek and saute for a few minutes, then add carrot, celery, root vegetable, and greens in turn, sauteing each for a minute or two before adding the next.

3. Add tomatoes (or paste or sauce) and saute until warmed through.

4. Add beans or chickpeas, then add broth and herbs. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer until everything is tender.

5. Add salt and pepper, then taste, adding salt, vinegar or pickle brine for acidity, or herbs if needed. Add additional broth if the soup is too thick.

6. Serve hot with a grating of cheese or a sprinkling of herbs, or a drizzle of olive oil and a grating of black pepper (or all of the above!)

Serves 4 to 5.

Adapted from Full Moon Feasts, by Jessica Prentice (Chelsea Green, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Jessica PRentice. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green.
Adapted from Full Moon Feasts, by Jessica Prentice (Chelsea Green, 2005).

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Great recipe. Thanks.

Mervi R.
Mervi R.5 years ago

Sounds wonderful...

sherrie e.
sherrie e.5 years ago

This is great! I just found a wonderful dinner for tonight! We had a snow overnight and this sounds like just the remedy for the cold!!!! Not only does this sound tasty but healthy too! Keep articles like this a comin' doesn't get better than this! Thanx!

Amy R.
Amy R.5 years ago

It sounds really yummy! I love how easy soup is to make. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks!

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.5 years ago

That must be delicious!

Heather B.
Past Member 5 years ago

Sounds delicious; thanks, Annie!

Angel S.
Past Member 5 years ago

I've noted, thanks!

Maria L.
Maria L.5 years ago

Can't wait to try this:) Thanks!!

Eli Is Here
Past Member 5 years ago

Sounds good !! Can't wait to try it!! Thanks Annie :)