Classic Italian Minestrone (Soupe Paysanne)

Recipe by Molly53
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READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 29
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • In a large casserole or soup pot, cook the pork fat over medium-high heat until there is some fat in the bottom of the pot, about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Then add the potatoes, cabbage, chard, onion, and garlic until the greens are wilted, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, add the beans, ham or smoked bacon, and tomato, and cook until the beans are tender, 2 to 3 hours.
  • Add the elbow macaroni and continue to cook until a spoon can stand straight up in the center of the soup, and the pasta is tender--about 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.
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