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Lisa’s Winter Minestrone

Winter Minestrone

Lisa’s Winter Minestrone is a very hearty and satisfying soup- a meal in a bowl! With healthy ingredients, including cannellini beans and Swiss Chard, this soup also freezes beautifully. It’s a great soup to make during the holidays when you have many people coming over and need easy but delicious dishes at a moment’s notice.

Buon appetito e tutti a tavola as we look forward to Natale!

You can watch Lisa make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s Winter Minestrone Ingredients:

Winter Minestrone

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots peeled and chopped

3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, coarsely chopped (optional)

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 lb Swiss chard, chopped

1 russet potato, chopped (cubed)

Salt and pepper

1 – 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes

2 fresh rosemary sprigs


3- 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans

28 ounce beef broth

Parmigiano rind


Lisa’s Winter Minestrone Directions:

Heat the Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add onion, carrots, celery, pancetta, and garlic. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add Swiss chard and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes and rosemary. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes.

In a blender, combine 3/4 of the beans and 1/2 cup of broth. Add to the veggie mixture with remaining broth and Parmigiano rind. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Winter Minestrone

Stir in the remaining beans and parsley. Serve.

Winter Minestrone



  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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