Root Vegetable Minestrone with Bacon

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr  

For a simple salad, combine 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add 6 cups chopped romaine, 2 ounces walnuts, and 1 ounce shaved Parmesan. Toss.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 202
  • Fat: 3.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 11.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 33.7g
  • Fiber: 6.4g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 426mg
  • Calcium: 97mg

Ingredients

  • 5 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups chopped peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsnip
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 teaspoons unsalted tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 2/3 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup uncooked ditalini pasta
  • 3/4 cup unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Increase heat to medium-high. Add butternut squash and next 8 ingredients (through garlic) to drippings in pan; sauté 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken stock, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in uncooked pasta; cook 10 minutes. Stir in cannellini beans, salt, and pepper; cook 2 minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender. Divide soup evenly among 4 bowls; top evenly with bacon.
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