Winter Minestrone Very Delicious and Hardy!
75 mins (prep 20, cooking 55)
21 ingredients
4-6 servings
This is an excellent minestrone recipe on a cold winter evening. The soup is rich, smoky-tasting and is good with warmed corn tortillas or corn bread. Black beans, also known as turtle beans, are savory and hold their shape during the long, slow cooking needed for a soup such as this one.Black beans should not be confused with the salty, fermented black soybeans used in Chinese black bean sauce. For deep, rich color, do not presoak the beans for this recipe. COOKS NOTES: Borlotti, cranberry and black beans are available in dried and canned form from larger supermarkets, natural food stores, specialty food shops and on line distributors. The Italian borlotti bean's creamy texture and mellow flavor are delicious in sturdy soups such as this one. The cranberry bean is sometimes marketed as borlotti but is also popular in its own right. As a rule of thumb, 1 cup of dried beans (soaked overnight in water to cover and drained) cooked in 3 cups water yields approximately 2½ cups of cooked beans. You can substitute cooked red, white or kidney beans.

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Serving Size (260.61 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 424.15 Calories from Fat 141.75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15.75g 96.91%
Saturated Fat 5.15g 103.03%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 8.28mg 11.04%
Sodium 49762.83mg 8293.8%
Total Carbohydrate 34.68g 46.24%
Dietary Fiber 0.58 g 9.22%
Sugars 30.44 g %
Protein 36.46g 291.71%
Vitamin A 2203.83IU% Vitamin C 10.8mg%
Calcium 142.65mg% Iron 5.31mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
mild italian sausage, large, large carrot, celery rib, cranberry beans, large garlic clove, green bell pepper, chopped parsley, dried basil, dried oregano, dried marjoram, tomato puree, dry red wine, italian, grated parmesan cheese