Prosciutto Fave Minestrone alla Riso


This ham, bean and rice soup is my favorite and it is a hearty dinner soup. Sprinkle bowls of soup with Parmesan cheese and serve hot. Serve extra cheese at the table. Offer crusty, Italian bread with the soup. You may substitute macaroni for the rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
10 servings


  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

  • ¼ pound bacon, chopped

  • ¾ cup diced cooked ham

  • 3 large stalks celery, thinly sliced, leaves reserved and chopped

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 carrots, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 quart chicken broth

  • cup brown rice

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cranberry beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can white beans, drained

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon in olive oil until brown. Stir in ham and cook a few minutes more. Stir in celery (reserve the leaves), onion and carrot and cook until vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute more.

  2. Stir in tomatoes, broth, rice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and rice is nearly tender.

  3. Stir in cranberry beans and white beans and heat through. Stir in parsley and celery leaves and remove from heat. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

283 Calories
14g Fat
29g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 283
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 505mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 643mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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