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.

15 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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    Cairistine   March 11, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Making this minestrone soup again – delicious and easy to make with leftover bits of veg. 🙂 Lovely with the parmesan too.

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