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Black Cabbage Soup

Zuppa di Cavolo Nero

Mary Ann Esposito

Cavolo Nero or black cabbage is similar to kale and is a classic ingredient for this hearty soup.

Makes 2 quarts


2 tablespoons Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup diced pancetta
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes or red pepper pesto
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
2 red skin potatoes,peeled and diced
1 fennel stalk, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/2 pound kale, tough stems removed and leaves torn into bite size pieces
One 16 ounce can whole cherry tomatoes or fresh, if you have them
Juice of one lemon
One 32 ounce can vegetable broth or water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 can drained and rinsed cannellini beans or 1-1/2 cups cooked kidney beans, lentils or a combination
1 cup ParmigianoReggiano cheese rind "croutons"


Heat the oil in a soup pot, add the pancetta and allow to cook until the pancetta begins to brown; stir in pepper flakes, carrots, potatoes, fennel, onion and parsley. Cook stirring frequently until the vegetables begin to soften. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the kale, tomatoes, lemon juice, broth,cayenne pepper and celery seed. Add enough water if need be just to cover the ingredients.

Coverthe pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes, or just until the vegetables are cooked but not mushy. Stir in the beans or lentils. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle the croutons over the top.

Note:  If using lentils, soak them overnight and precook them for 15 to 20 minutes. Or cook them for 1 1/2 hours, if they haven't been presoaked.

This recipe is featured on show 1917 - Garden Soups.

item recipe is featured in Episode 1917 of Season 19.

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  1. Yvette's avatar


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    I'm wondering if you have a book just on soups?
    I really like soup,also we don't eat pork,or beef so what meat can we use in the black cabbage soup.


  2. Paul Lally, Executive producer's avatar

    Paul Lally, Executive producer

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    Hi, Yvette,

    Mary Ann hasn't written a book on soups. But it's a good idea. As for meat substitutions, cubed chicken would stand up well in this recipe.

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