Hearty Minestrone with Barley, Sage, and Beans

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Hearty Minestrone with Barley, Sage, and BeansRecipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Chill the bacon to make it easier to chop finely. For a special treat, top each serving with one tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
8 servings (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)


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1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cups finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
1/4 cup finely chopped carrot (about 1 medium)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 4)
2 tablespoons finely chopped applewood-smoked bacon (about 1 ounce)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 cups finely chopped Savoy cabbage
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 (14-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups peeled Yukon gold potato (about 1 medium), cut into (1/2-inch) cubes
1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley
2 cups green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces


Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 8 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 5 minutes. Add cabbage and next 5 ingredients (through cannellini beans); bring to a boil. Stir in potato and barley. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in green beans; cook 5 minutes.

Created date

December 2006

Nutritional Information

Calories 140
Caloriesfromfat 16 %
Fat 2.5 g
Satfat 0.7 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 6.2 g
Carbohydrate 23.3 g
Fiber 5.3 g
Cholesterol 2 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 473 mg
Calcium 51 mg