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Category: Salads & Soups, Vegetables
Servings: 6 - 8
Total time: 1 hr 40 min
Level: Easy
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An authentic Italian recipe from our kitchen to yours. Buon Appetito!


- 1 pound dried chickpeas, presoaked per the manufacturer's instructions

- 4 medium zucchini

- 1 large shallot

- 1/2 large onion

- 6 cloves garlic

- 1/2 cups sliced carrots

- 1 cup celery

- 3 cups chopped greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard, dandelion greens, cabbage, etc.)

- 1 potato

- 1 1/4 cups tomato puree

- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1/4 grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

- Salt


1.  Cook the presoaked chickpeas according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once they are cooked, drain them well and set aside.

2.  Clean and dice the shallot, onion, celery and zucchini. Chop the garlic.

3.  In a large pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, shallot, onion, garlic, celery and carrots as well as a pinch of salt. Sauté the mixture for 5 - 7 minutes until the shallots, onion and celery begin to turn translucent. Add 1/2 cup fresh water to the pan, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes to further soften the mixture.




4.  Add the diced zucchini to the pan and mix well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often, to soften the zucchini.

5.  Peel, clean and dice the potato.

6.  Add the tomato puree to the pan along with 2/3 cup fresh water. Stir all ingredients thoroughly, bring the mixture to a simmer, cover and cook for 8 - 10 minutes.

7.  Add the diced potato and the chopped greens to the pan and mix well. Cover the pan and simmer 15 - 20 minutes. If the liquid evaporates from the pan too quickly, add fresh water to the mixture as needed.

8.  Once the greens have cooked well, add the drained chickpeas to the pan as well as the parmigiano. Stir all ingredients well and add salt to your taste. Cover and simmer the minestrone for 15 - 20 minutes.

9.  Remove the pan from the heat, plate the minestrone and serve with more parmigiano.