Winter minestrone

Yield: 8 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 bunches Swiss chard
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 \N Red onions; roughly chopped
1 large Fennel bulb; roughly chopped
3 \N Slender carrots; thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Minced garlic
1 can Tomato puree; 14-1/2 oz.
3 cans Low sodium chicken broth -; (14 1/2 oz ea)
\N \N (or low sodium vegetable broth)
1 can Cannellini beans - (15 oz); rinsed, drained
1 teaspoon Dried oregano
¼ teaspoon Red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon Red wine vinegar
¼ teaspoon Salt
\N \N Grated pecorino cheese

Strip chard leaves from stems, then stack leaves and slice. Roughly chop stems. Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, fennel, carrots, chard stems and garlic. Cook until onions soften, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Add ½ chard leaves, tomato puree, broth, beans, oregano, red pepper flakes, vinegar and salt. Stir well. Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Soup should be thick; if it appears too thick, cautiously add more water to taste. Stir remaining chard leaves into hot soup a few minutes before serving and cook until just heated through, about 1 minute. Adjust seasoning to taste. Serve immediately. Pass pecorino cheese separately. Yields 6 to 8 main-course servings, 11 to 12 cups.

Each of 8 servings: 173 calories; 794 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 28 grams carbohydrates; 8 grams protein; 1.69 grams fiber Recipe Source: Los Angeles Times - 01-06-1999 Formatted for Mastercook by Lynn Thomas - dcqp82a@...

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