10 Reviews

I love this simple & delicious recipe. I have been making it for years. I buy 4 oz packages of pancetta from trader Joes & keep them in the freezer. The only addition I make is double the broth & add a can of DelMonte Italian flat green beans. Delish!

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KarenButcher December 02, 2014

I'm a huge Giada fan and this recipe does not disappoint. I made this wonderful recipe for a family get-together and it got huge raves. I did change a few things, I omitted the pancetta, swiss chard, parsley and swapped the beef broth with veggie broth. I did stir in a few handfuls of baby spinach at the end. I loved this spin on minestrone and will definitely make it again. Thank you for posting, Queen!

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Julie421511 January 31, 2011

This is a wonderful soup! Freezes well, if there's any left!!

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shoppond July 07, 2009

This was alright. I added some tomato sauce to give it more tomato flavor, a bit more garlic, and fresh basil.

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adriennenewton October 12, 2008

Loved the idea of using the parmesan rind - I always end up with a bag full of those and then forget to throw them into soup or beans. I added dry rosemary in a tea infuser since this was January. An excellent minestone.

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sugarpea January 27, 2008

I thought this was fabulous, so did my 11 month old and 3 year old daughters! I used dried rosemary and a red potato out of necessity. We topped with freshly grated parmesan. It was a wonderful, comfy soup and very healthy! Thanks for posting! Gotta love Giada!

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Messie Chef January 02, 2008

My house smells wonderful from this simmering soup. The best part is that the soup tastes just as divine as it smells. I omitted the celery (didn't have any on hand) and subbed spinach for the swiss chard. Everything combines so well to make a hearty and filling soup. It is absolutely worthy of repeating.

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Ms B. March 14, 2005

I made this exactly as written and it was fantastic, a real keeper.

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Dona England February 17, 2005

Very hearty and healthy soup. The chard and beans make this filling and the cheese rind and beef broth give it a rich flavor. Omitted the potato because of South Beach diet restrictions. Would definitely like to have again. :)

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*Shelly* February 05, 2005

Hearty and delicious! It was worth the trip to the specialty store to buy pancetta. My sister kept raving about how good this soup was. I was worried that the chard would taste wierd or not hold up (it is an ingredient that I don't normally use) but it worked out just fine. The only changes that I made was that I added a cubed zucchini, a small handful of shell pasta, a pinch of dried oregano, and a pinch of sugar. I also added a pinch of baking soda because the tomatoes that I added were a bit tart. I will definitely make this soup again!

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beckas October 26, 2004
Winter Minestrone - Giada De Laurentiis