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We fill up on vegetables with Milanese minestrone!

Minestrone alla Milanese

Minestrone alla Milanese is an easy-to-make and all-Italian first course, a light recipe thanks to the presence of many vegetables and greens.

There is a typical product of the Italian gastronomic tradition in the name of authenticity and flavors linked to the territory. We are talking about the Milanese minestrone, a light and healthy first course . Its preparation is made almost exclusively of greens and vegetables , all products linked to the peasant tradition. Enriched with rice and pork rind, it is made from cabbage, potatoes, carrots, beans and much more.

Buckle up your apron and let’s go to the kitchen!

Minestrone alla Milanese
Minestrone alla Milanese

Preparation of the recipe for the Milanese minestrone

  1. Before starting, let the beans soak for 12 hours (or use canned ones).
  2. Start the preparation by cutting the rind and lard into small cubes .
  3. Wash all the vegetables. Peel the carrots and potatoes, then cut them into fairly small pieces. Do the same with courgettes, tomatoes, celery and onion.
  4. Carefully wash the cabbage and cut it to remove the central and white part. Slice its leaves . Then, peel the onions.
  5. Take a large pot and cover its bottom with oil. Put the garlic and brown on the fire.
  6. At the right moment, remove the garlic and pour the lard, rind and onion into the pan. Fry for about 2 minutes .
  7. At this point, add all the vegetables and beans. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  8. Also add the chopped onions, tomatoes, parsley and sage.
  9. Fill with water until all the vegetables are covered , add salt and put the lid on. Cook for 40 minutes over low heat.
  10. After this time, add the cabbage and rice. Cover and cook the Lombard minestrone for another 20 minutes .
  11. When finished, check that the broth is thick and you can turn it off. Season with pepper and grated Grana Padano and serve.


Serve the Milanese vegetable minestrone piping hot, for a lunch with friends. You can keep this typical dish from Milan in the fridge for 1-2 days , in an airtight container.

Are you looking for the recipe for a first course with an exceptional flavor? Try the Genoese minestrone .

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