Minestrone Soup (Modena Style)

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Galley Wench

NOTICE: PLEASE OPEN EDIT TO SEE THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF INGREDIENTS. This thick hearty vegetable and bean soup gets it intensity from pancetta, an unsmoked seasoned bacon available in Italian food stores. If necessary substitute lean slab bacon, but first simmer it in water to cover for 5 minutes, then drain, pat dry and chop. Or, for a vegetarian soup, omit the pancetta. Because the vinegar is stirred in at the end, use the best brand you can find.

Top Review by Leggy Peggy

Fabulous soup. I agree with Dr. Jenny -- the red wine and balsamic vinegar flavours are pronounced. The clove is obvious, too. I used top-of-the-line balsamic, and added a pinch of basil, green beans, snow peas, lima beans and a sprinkling of parmesan. Yummo!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Add the following ingredients in the order given, cooking 1 minute before adding the next; onion, celery, carrot, zucchini, garlic and cabbage.
  4. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer over high heat.
  5. Stir in the water, broth, red wine, salt,thyme,cloves and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, approximately 1 hour. Stir in the beans and cook for 5 minutes just until heated through.
  8. Stir in the balsamic vinegar.
  9. Serve hot.

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