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.

Everyday Food, October 2007


Credit: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Recipe Summary

25 mins
40 mins


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  • 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.

  • 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 (6)

110 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 46
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
I loved this version of minnestrone far more than zucchini or green beans. I had a mixture of kale and collards from my garden. This is so good. I made the cannellini beans in the instant pot first so we didn't have to wait overnight. Low cost, great flavor!! Don't forget good bread! Thankfully we had sourdough boule leftovers in freezer.
Rating: 5 stars
We love this soup, have made it many times. I use an extra can of diced tomatoes and an extra of beans so there is enough for two days. Lovely with good bread.
Rating: Unrated
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
Rating: Unrated
Wonderful and easy soup with excellent flavor. I used kale. This is a keeper!
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Rating: Unrated
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!