Minestrone with Collards and White Beans

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Substitute canned tomatoes with your own frozen or preserved ones! Just adjust the water accordingly to acheive your preferred consistency.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bunch collard greens, stalks removed, leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (19 ounces each) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, in juice
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving (optional)
Directions

In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add tomato paste, and cook, stirring, until onion is coated, about 30 seconds. Add collard greens, thyme, and red-pepper flakes. Cook, stirring, until collards start to wilt, 2 to 4 minutes. Place 1/4 of beans in a bowl, and mash them with the back of a spoon (this will help thicken soup). Add all the beans to the pan, as well as tomatoes with juice and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer, until collards are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve with grated Parmesan, if desired.

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From www.marthastewart.com

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