beat the clock: italian minestrone with beans, pasta and chard

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, but I’ve pretty much sucked at the documentation part of things. I could tell you about the amazing chicken tortilla soup I made yesterday for lunch or the wonderful spicy pork loin I roasted the other day, but without photos or a story, there ain’t much to tell.

It’s not that I’m becoming a bad blogger or anything like that, it’s just that with the holidays around the corner and a trip to visit family across the country looming, time is of the essence. I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling pinched by time! Which is why this recipe for a hearty Italian pasta and chard soup is a perfect no-brainer. It’s quick and simple and any leftovers make a delicious speedy and filling lunch. And top this bowl with some organic parmesan cheese…well, you can almost forget about all the directions you are being pulled in.

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14 comments to “beat the clock: italian minestrone with beans, pasta and chard”

  1. 1
    Judy   December 5, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Well I think that soup looks pretty good, and serves as great documentation.

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    aria   December 5, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    oh yum, i haven’t had a real minestrone in so long. this looks divine :)

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    Patricia Scarpin   December 6, 2007 at 4:31 am

    It looks comforting and so good, Kickpleat!

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    Joanne   December 6, 2007 at 5:59 am

    I’m at home with a bug today and wish someone could make me a bowl of that hearty looking soup…too bad though, it looks like a can of Campbell’s will have to do since I’m in no shape to cook anything.

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    Kitchen Goddess   December 6, 2007 at 6:07 am

    Looks fabulous and so comforting. A hug in a mug.

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    Cookie baker Lynn   December 6, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Quick and simple and using leftovers? Hurrah! Sounds like a keeper.

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    Aimée   December 6, 2007 at 11:30 am

    it really is soup weather around here with all our snow. Thanks for sharing this one.

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    Kevin Kossowan   December 6, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Man I miss my chard in the winter..

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    kickpleat   December 6, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    thanks judy, the soup was delicious!

    aria, i’m not sure if this qualifies as a real minestrone, but it’s pretty awesome :)

    thanks patricia, it is perfect comfort food!

    joanne, take care of yourself and get that husband of yours to make you some soup ;)

    aww, kitchen goddess, i like that!

    thanks lynn, it is a keeper.

    aimée, we don’t have any snow here, but i’m sure this soup could melt all that cold weather!

    you grow your own chard, kevin? lucky! i just buy mine at the store.

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    alyssa   December 7, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    i subbed egg noodles for the pasta and kale for chard due to a bare cupboard. with a loaf of leek potato bread from fratelli’s it was the perfect end-of-the-week dinner. thanks!

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    marcie   December 10, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    this was really good. i made it for my sick boyfriend and he loved it! thanks

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    Lisa   December 19, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    It’s so wet and cold here in Oregon and that soup would so hit the spot. Thanks for the idea…yum!

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    kickpleat   December 24, 2007 at 10:40 am

    alyssa, sounds perfect! mmmm, fratelli’s!

    marci c, glad you & your sick boyfriend enjoyed this soup! i hope it helped him feel a bit better :)

    no problem, lisa! enjoy!

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    Anne   November 5, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Scrumptious! I’ll have my husband (the cook in our family…. i’m just blog surfing, found you through a garden blog…) try it. So far all his minestrones have been too tomatoey…

    moving on to the pumpkin and black bean soup….

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