Tuscan-Kale-and-Squash Minestra

Minestra is a light, brothy Italian soup with vegetables. "In this version, I sauté Tuscan kale and butternut squash with onion, garlic and rosemary, then simmer them in chicken stock with pasta and white beans," Grace Parisi says. More Vegetable Soup Recipes

Tuscan-Kale-and-Squash Minestra
Photo: © David Malosh
Total Time:
45 mins
2 quarts


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)

  • 2 pound butternut squash ( 1/ cups neck only, peeled and cut into 1/-inch cubes)

  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary

  • 1 pound Tuscan kale (stemmed and leaves coarsely chopped)

  • 4 cups chicken stock

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • ½ cup ditalini or tubettini pasta

  • 1 cup drained canned navy beans

  • Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and garlic toasts (for serving)


  1. In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 4 minutes. Add the squash, cover and cook, stirring, until lightly browned in spots but not tender, 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and rosemary and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add the kale and cook, stirring, until wilted, 5 minutes. Add the stock, cover and simmer until the kale and squash are just tender, 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta.

  3. Add the pasta and navy beans to the soup and simmer until the soup is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Ladle the soup into deep bowls and garnish with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Serve with garlic toasts.

Make Ahead

The kale-squash soup can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Suggested Pairing

Creamy, spicy Pinot Blanc from Oregon.

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