Adding a rind of Parmesan cheese brings a rich flavor to this meatless soup.

Mad Hungry, February 2011, Mad Hungry


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  • Place 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the onion, and garlic in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the zucchini and the celery and keep cooking, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes more. Add another tablespoon of the olive oil and the cauliflower and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, as the vegetables slowly begin to soften. Stir in the green beans, cabbage, and remaining olive oil and cook, stirring occasionally, for another 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and 2 cups water and simmer until all of the vegetables are softened, 5 to 8 minutes more.

  • Add the salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese rind and stir. Add more water if needed for the desired consistency -- it should be very thick. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add the chickpeas and basil sprigs and cook until chickpeas are heated through, 5 to 6 minutes. Serve in bowls with the Parmesan cheese grated over top and freshly ground pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.


Reviews (3)

45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
After seeing the program where she was making this soup I ran right out and bought all the ingredients to make it. Since then I have been making it off and on. I absolutely love it! My favorite vegetable soup ever! I never liked Minestone soup before trying this recipe.
Rating: 5 stars
I give this recipe five stars. I made without the rind only because I didn't have it. It was delicious! She is such a great cook. I hope Linda makes more vegetarian soups in the future. Great job!
Rating: Unrated
I saw this recipie a while back on tv and tried it that night. I also added a little broccoli and more green beans, added some elbows noodles and parmesean cheese.. It was great and had no leftovers. We give it 4 stars..