By Tara on June 23, 2002
"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."
Serving Size: 1 (493 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"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."
"I have made this particular recipe for years. I am Italian, and my Mom made this. We all love it. I like it with spinach or swiss chard. DELICIOUS!!!"
"This gets major brownie points for being the only greens recipe my kids have ever eaten! It was great! I used Great Northern beans, & the romaine of the original recipe. One caveat - my kids tried to give this 4 stars because they said it had too much pepper, but I think the problem was mine. I forgot the salt & pepper until I had put the greens in the pot, so I think some pieces of lettuce wound up with whopping amounts of pepper stuck to them. Next time I will have to stir it in *before* I put the greens in. Oops! I also have to note that I used 2 c. water & a Knorr chicken bouillon cube."
"This is a great recipe! I used escarole for the greens and left out the onion because that is how I am used to making this dish. I will definitely make this again, but with broth as an ingredient, I don't think the extra salt is necessary so I will omit that also. Absolutely awesome recipe!"
"Really good, filling soup. We were so surprised by the taste with the romaine lettuce, but we will probably try it with spinach next time. Thanks for sharing!"
"This is simple and elegant served with fresh french bread. I had to throw together a meal for some out of town guests and they raved about it."
"Yummy! I added a splash of white wine near the end to give it some punch. I'll make this again."
"zoyie, Wonderful Recipe! Fixed it with the romaine. Can't wait to have again. "
"This is super easy, which I like, and it's super delicious! It's also very easy to put your own spin on it, by adding sausage or changing the type of greens. Also, adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Was looking for a simple and healthy meal for my "meat & potatoes" husband and myself. This fit the bill perfectly! I work 6 days a week, so I like recipes that are simple without complicated ingredients & procedures. Could not ask for a better one dish meal!"
"We lived outside of the very-Italian city of Utica, New York, for 5 years, where we were introduced to this classic dish. In Utica, it was always made with escarole; however, it *is* delicious (and less expensive) made with Romaine! Per your options, I added maybe 1/2 a tablespoon of tomato paste and a heaping half-teaspoon of red pepper flakes: perfect! Thanks for sharing."
"I use Kale and it worked GREAT! I am trying to eat more healthy and this is 100% approved by the family! It is good for you, easy to make, and tasts great. What more can you ask for?"
"Sorry I forgot to review this recipe. Beans and greens are a real western NY, Italian treat! We usually add some precooked sweet sausage and a little bit(1/2 to 3/4C ) of marinara sauce. Love using the romaine. This is a great budget meal that stretches and stretches!"
"I've been making this for awhile as an easy low cal, meatless meal. My changes are that I use collard greens, sub in 1/2 cup white wine for some of the broth, add some red pepper flakes at the beginning and cook a LOT longer than 20 minutes. I like the greens really mushy. I'll even add some extra broth and cook for awhile with the lid off to reduce the broth even more and get more yummy flavor!"
"Wow! My 3 year old just ate beans and spinach! This recipe was delicious and so simple. I used spinach instead of romaine; and I served it with toasted cheesy bread. The only complaint I have is it was a little too salty even though I didn't add any salt. But I can fix that using no salt beans. This can be a meatless dinner or a side dish. We loved it. Thanks for sharing."
"So easy, delicious & healthy! The entire family ate it up! Thank you!!"
"Great Recipe - Tasted great, quick to make, and I'm a beginner! ;) THANK YOU!"
"This was a big hit especially with my husband and son. I used veggie broth and cannelini beans (white kidney)."
"Oh. My. Gosh. This was so simple and delicious. I used up a bunch of nearly-expired romaine lettuce purchased a few weeks ago. The colors of this dish are striking, with the white of the beans, the gold of the broth, and the deep green of the lettuce. It tastes even better than it looks, and it's a very filling side dish, which pleasantly surprised me. The only thing I would change is to chop the lettuce leaves into quarters. They were a bit unwieldy for me, and I cut them in half as I ate. I used no extra salt or pepper, and no cheese either. I could very well eat this as a meal in itself. THank you for sharing an excellent recipe!"
"When I first started cooking this, my fiance was like, "Ew, this looked gross." But, then he tasted it, and loved it! (showed him) Never cooked romaine lettuce before- thanks!"
"Great recipe. Being Italian I have been making this for quite some time. For a change with a zing use Escarole and Curly Endive. Also add 1 link of sweet Italain sausage cut into pieces and 1 hunk of Peppeorini cut into cubes. Enjoy!!!!"