Hearty Minestra with Butternut Squash

Again we turn to the Lidia site for dinner. Hearty Minestra with Butternut Squash. My mom use to make Minestra when I was a kid and I hated it. Well not really all of it. I like the meat but the soup and the beans and what ever green she put in it was not my idea of dinner.

Fast forward more years than I care to count and what do I want for dinner, Minestra. I found a recipe in one of Lidia's books a while back but this recipe sounded dare I say easier. Okay I forgot to soak the beans, so I put in a can of beans at the end. I did not do the Pestata portion of the recipe, forgot to get bacon... But other than that I stayed close to her recipe.
I added some kale (thank you Debi) and brought a pan over to my Dad's for dinner. He had seconds! We had some of his Blackberry wine from 2002. Excellent wine!

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