Minestrone “The Big Soup” – White Bean, Negroni Prosciutto and Kale Soup

Minestrone Soup also known as “the big soup,”  is made with many ingredients and is the name for a variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of Pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans onions, celery, carrots, stock and tomatoes.

There is no set recipe for minestrone, since it is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be contain a meat-based broth (such as chicken stock). Minestrone Soup is one of the cornerstones of Italian cuisine, and is just about as common as pasta on Italian tables.

This is one of our favorite hearty dinner soups. It’s so comforting and is filled with Negroni Prosciutto and white beans.

White Bean, Prosciutto and Kale Soup
Serves 6-8

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 can (3 oz. total) tomato paste
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 quarts chicken broth
1.5 Tbsp. rosemary
2 cans cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
1 rind from a wedge of parmesan or romano cheese
1 Turkish bay leaf
1 bunch kale, chopped
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 lb. Negroni Prosciutto, diced
salt and pepper

Heat the oil over medium heat in a dutch oven or stockpot. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Stir in the garlic, cooking until fragrant. Add the tomato paste and red pepper flakes, cooking just a minute or two to cook off some of the paste.

Meanwhile, lightly smash about 1/2 a can of the white beans (this will thicken the soup a bit). Add the chicken broth, rosemary, beans, rind and bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Add the kale and carrots and simmer an additional 8 minutes or so until the kale is tender.

Off the heat, add the Negroni Prosciutto (or you can just add it to the bowl you are eating the soup out of).

Stir in the whole tomatoes, broth, rice, salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft and rice is nearly tender.

Stir in the cranberries and white beans and heat through.Stir in the chopped parsley and celery leaves and remove from heat. Serve hot and enjoy.

Negroni’s Authentico Italiano selection includes:

Prosciutto Arrosto – a traditional Italian roasted ham made in Italy using only selected pork shanks and rich blend of garlic, rosemary and fine Mediterranean herbs.

Prosciutto Cotto
– a traditional Italian cooked ham made in Italy using selected pork shanks and natural flavorings and is lighter in color and sweeter in flavor than Prosciutto Arrosto.

– a traditional Italian cooked specialty made in Italy based on a 500 year old recipe from the province of Emilia Romagna.

Prosciutto di Parma
– the most renowned dry-cured Italian ham, made with the best Italian pork legs, packed in a strictly defined region around Parma, Italy. Parma is a beautiful Italian city known for its monuments, castles, opera and haute cuisine!

For more information about Negroni products please contact:

Negroni Corporation USA

13 Fairfield Ave. Suite 105
Little Falls, NJ 07424
973.256.0033 Tel
973.256.1108 Fax

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