Hearty Minestrone with Shells

Hearty Minestrone with Shells Recipe
Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Lynn Miller

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 300
Fat 13 g
Satfat 5 g
Protein 15 g
Carbohydrate 31 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 27 mg
Sodium 1056 mg


8 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 celery ribs, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
4 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups chopped fresh Swiss chard
1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
6 ounces medium-size pasta shells
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper


1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon until no traces of pink remain, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer meat to paper towels; drain fat from pot. Add olive oil, onion, garlic, celery and carrot and cook, stirring, until vegetables have softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes with juice and 3 cups water and bring to a simmer. Add green beans and chard and simmer until very soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in beans, pasta and reserved sausage and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Stir in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve.

December 2009
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