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Minestrone with Collard Greens and White Beans

Instead of the usual escarole or kale, use hearty collards in this familiar soup. The greens' slight bitterness plays nicely against the creamy beans and sweet tomatoes.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: Serves 4
Minestrone with Collard Greens and White Beans

Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Everyday Food, October 2007


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound (about 2 bunches) collard greens, stalks removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (19 ounces each) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomato paste, and cook, stirring, until onion is coated, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens, thyme, and red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until collards start to wilt, 2 to 4 minutes.

  2. Place 1/4 of beans in a bowl, and mash them with the back of a spoon (this will help thicken soup). Add all the beans to the pan, as well as tomatoes with juice and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer, until collards are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve with grated Parmesan, if desired.

Reviews (4)

  • aldorastar 22 Jan, 2008

    This soup was an easy way to incoporate very healthy ingredients into a delicious, and hearty soup. I decided to use stock to make it richer -combined with bread it was a great meal

  • Learner10 21 Jan, 2008

    Wonderful and easy soup with excellent flavor. I used kale. This is a keeper!

  • eren01 17 Nov, 2007

    its yummilicious (yum-i-li-shus). its very good and delicious.
    As I was watching the episode it looked very good so my friends and I made it the next day we're planning to make it for Thanksgivig as a second coarse. I absolutely love youre recepies and all the thing you sell at Macy's

  • stephanielionbarger 10 Nov, 2007

    Great soup! Especially if you love collard greens. I even cheated and found chopped collard greens in a bag in the veggie section. Amazingly good for you, too, and so so easy!

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