Recipe by Tara
My Italian Aunt often made this when we went to visit. I was just given the recipe. It is so good and so easy to make. You can use any leafy green like spinach or turnip greens but romaine has a nice sweet flavour so it was always the first choice. This is more like a chili/stew style soup.
Top Review by Judith
This has been a main stay in my Italian family for years. We use swiss chard instead of the lettuce and we add some hot Italian sausage and a little tomato sauce. We also use precooked potato cut in chunks when we don't have white beans.It is wonderful when spiced up with extra red pepper flakes. My grandmother always called it Minestra.
- 3 -4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans romano beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans white kidney beans
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- parmesan cheese or romano cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Wash lettuce well and chop leaves in half.
- Saute onion and garlic in oil in medium size pot until slightly brown, slowly add chicken broth stirring well.
- Add one can of beans with juice and one can without, lettuce and salt and pepper.
- Cover and simmer 20 minutes on med-low heat.
- Serve in bowls and top with cheese.
- Serve with fresh bread for dipping.