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Green Minestrone

Source: Quick from Scratch - Vegetable Main Dishes
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 4
This soup is a veritable sea of greens- swiss chard, spinach, and celery. Potatoes, pasta, and Parmesan give it substance and, along with the fennel, a distinctly Italian feel.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 pound boiling potatoes (about 3), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 quart canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
3 cups water
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
1/2 cup tubetti or other small macaroni
1/2 pound swiss chard, tough stems removed, leaves washed well and shredded (about 3 cups)
1 pound spinach, stems removed, leaves washed well and shredded (about 5 cups)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, fennel, celery, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.

Add the potatoes, broth, water, the remaining 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, and the pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the pasta and simmer for 5 minutes longer.

Add the Swiss chard and spinach and bring the soup back to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are wilted and the pasta is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Stir in the Parmesan.

VARIATIONS: You'll need a total of eight cups of shredded greens for this soup. Use one or any combination of the following: Swiss chard,spinach, escarole, green cabbage, or kale. The more variety the better.

WINE RECOMMENDATION: Your best bet with all these greens is a charming, fruity red, such as a Beaujolais or Valpolicella. The bright berry flavors will contrast with and highlight the vegetables.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 360
Fat. Total: 14g
Fiber: 9g
Carbohydrates, Total: 44g
Sodium: 1470mg
% Cal. from Fat: 35%
Cholesterol: 7mg
Protein: 19g
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Rating: 4
by: Sarah, CA Reviewed: 10/05/2009
Simple and Full of Greens
This soup was easy and loaded with veggies -- I made it with a mix of kale and chard. The cheese gives it much-needed body and was better with a bit more than the recipe calls for. Next time I might try simmering a hunk of Parmesan rind in the pot as the soup cooks (take it out before serving). This soup also might be good with the addition of small white beans.
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