Livorno minestrone

Livorno minestrone

Livorno minestrone (Minestrone alla Livornese) is a traditional Italian soup, rich and very tasty. It is made from simple, authentic ingredients with strong flavors. There are many vegetables from the garden, Prosciutto Toscano DOP, cheese and rice. This colorful dish is savored with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with Parmigiano Reggiano DOP.


  • 400 g of fresh shelled beans
  • 150 g of spinach
  • 1/4 of cabbage
  • 4 leaves of chard
  • 1 potato
  • 1 courgette
  • carrot
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 l of broth
  • 1 celery coast
  • 250 g of rice
  • 50 g of Prosciutto Toscano PDO
  • 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce
  • grated Parmigiano Reggiano PDO
  • parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil PDO
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. In a saucepan, heat three tablespoons of olive oil and add the parsley, garlic and prosciutto, and stir.
  2. Then add the spinach, the cabbage and the chard in strips, salt, pepper, stir and let it cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add the carrot, onion, zucchini, potato and celery cut into cubes, beans, tomato sauce diluted in a little broth and then pour all the broth, bring to a light boil and cook for an hour .
  4. Add the rice and cook it for fifteen minutes or longer depending on the type.
  5. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  6. Serve in bowls, season, add a drizzle of  extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with grated Parmigiano Reggiano PDO

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