This hearty vegetable soup is a healthy winter meal that is made with beef broth and all your favorite veggies, like rainbow chard and tomatoes.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 2 medium stalks celery, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bunch rainbow chard, stalks and leaves chopped, divided (about 2 cups stalks and 3 cups leaves)
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed (about 2 cups)
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
- 1 sprig fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried thyme leaves
- 1 22.5-oz can cannellini beans (about 1.5 cups), rinsed and drained, divided
- 7 cups beef broth, divided
- 1 1-ounce piece of pecorino rind
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- Freshly grated pecorino, for garnish
- Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and chard stems. Saute until the onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- Add the chard leaves and cubed sweet potato. Stir to combine, and saute for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and thyme, and stir to combine.
- Simmer until the chard is wilted and the tomatoes begin to break down, about 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, blend 3/4 cup beans with 1/4 cup broth in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth. Add the pureed bean mixture, remaining broth, and the cheese rind to the vegetable mixture.
- Simmer until the sweet potato pieces are fork tender, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining beans and the parsley. Simmer until the beans are heated through and the soup is thick, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Discard pecorino rind and thyme sprig.
- Ladle into bowls and serve garnished with freshly grated pecorino.
Adapted from Giada’s Winter Minestrone
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keywords: winter vegetable, soup