Homemade Winter Minestrone is a healthy and hearty winter soup full of cold weather favorites like kale, squash, beans, bacon, pasta, and savory beef brot
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Winter Minestrone

Homemade Winter Minestrone is a healthy and hearty winter soup full of cold weather favorites like kale, squash, beans, bacon, pasta, and savory beef brot
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword minestrone, soup
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 244kcal
Author Krissy Allori

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bacon ends and pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped small
  • 3 medium sized carrots peeled and chopped small
  • 2 medium celery stalks with leaves chopped small
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups beef stock homemade beef stock is far and away the best
  • 1 small winter squash I used carnival (about 1 1/2 cups) *
  • 2 cups kale cut into small pieces
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 parmesan rind
  • 14 ounce can canellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup tiny uncooked pasta
  • salt and pepper as desired
  • additional grated parmesan for serving

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottom stockpot over medium high heat, cook the bacon pieces until crispy. Remove all but about 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add beef stock, squash, kale, rosemary, bay leaf, parmesan rind, as well as 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low so that soup remains at a mellow simmer. Cook for 30-60 minutes.
  • Remove parmesan rind, bay leaf and rosemary sprig. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Prior to serving, add beans and pasta and continue cooking until pasta is al dente, about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can add the beans but cook the pasta separately, adding cooked pasta to individual servings. If not consuming all of the soup in one meal, do not add pasta until ready to serve.
  • Serve with a crispy hot bread and top with freshly grated parmesan.

Notes

* Its okay to use frozen cubed squash. If using fresh, roast in 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes so that its slightly tender and easy to peel, then cut into small cubes.

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5519IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg