Fall has really arrived in Texas now, with temperatures getting lower and lower. Along with the cool weather comes the need for some warm, comforting dishes, including this quick and hearty Black Bean, Pasta, Bacon, and Vegetable Soup -- which I call Brazilian Minestrone. If you have ever tasted a classic minestrone, I know you will become a fan of our soup.
Minestrone means "a big soup"... or a thick soup of Italian origin made with beans, pasta or rice, and vegetables such as onions, celery, carrots, and tomatoes.
Ours contains basically the same ingredients, but with a few variations. White beans have been replaced by black beans, a popular ingredient in Brazilian cuisine... and I have also added bacon to the soup (just as one would find in a feijoada).
Although this type of soup is known as 'sopa de feijão com macarrão e verduras' (black bean soup with pasta and vegetables), it is actually a variant of the Italian minestrone -- well, at least this particular version of black bean soup. I can only imagine that this must be due to the influence of Italian immigration in Southern Brazil.
I remember my mother used to make hers by pureeing either pinto bean or black bean leftovers in the blender and then cooking them with angel hair pasta -- and oh how I used to love its comforting flavor. But there is more than one version of black bean soup in Brazil. Most of them are made with pinto beans or black beans (pureed or not), a pasta of one's choice, and other optional ingredients such as bacon, beef or sausage, and a variety of different vegetables.
Ours is definitely more similar to the Southern Brazilian version.
Well, enjoy a good bowl of our Brazilian minestrone soup accompanied by your favorite bread... and stay warm.
Brazilian Minestrone (Black Bean, Pasta, Bacon, and Vegetable Soup)
- 4-5 strips of thick sliced smoked bacon chopped
- ½ large yellow or white onion chopped
- ⅓ cup diced carrots (if using baby carrots, simply slice them into rounds)
- ⅓ cup diced celery
- 1 can black beans 26.5 oz/751 g, or homemade black bean leftovers
- 4 cups beef stock
- 1 cup canned tomatoes and their juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup mezzi rigatoni pasta or any other small pasta of your choice such as macaroni or pasta shells
- 1 bay leaf
- Chopped cilantro or parsley optional
- In a medium to large non-stick saucepan, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and sweat them for about 3 to 5 minutes in the bacon fat. Add the carrots and celery and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the beans, beef stock, tomatoes and their juice, salt and pepper to taste, pasta, and bay leaf.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; then cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes (or until pasta is cooked). Remove bay leaf and adjust the salt and pepper if necessary. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped cilantro/parsley (if desired) and accompanied by bread. Enjoy!
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Yes to the comfort of a steaming hot bowl of homemade soup! Fall is slowly arriving in California and I'm ready to embrace all the season has to offer. The Brazilian Minestrone is such a wonderful autumn recipe!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
I prepare pasta and beans a lot but have never used the combination with black beans . Your Brazilian minestrone sounds great.
This is definitely good for the coming cold days up there in the Northern Hemisphere.
Little Cooking Tips says
Magnificent minestrone! We'd love to try black beans instead of the classic white beans in a minestrone soup, excellent recipe dear Denise! The Brazilian version looks delicious, filling and full of flavors! And the timing is perfect, since the weather has changed today, it's raining and the temperature started dropping a bit:)
Thank you for another wonderful recipe!
Lots of hugs!
Sugar et al. says
It's certainly a beautiful bowl of comfort! I love that it is similar to the classic Minestrone. That'is one thing about Autumn....the bowl food and some bread. Great recipe Denise!
John/Kitchen Riffs says
I love black beans! And hearty soups. So of course I'm a fan of any soup that has black beans in it. And is hearty. 🙂 This looks wonderful -- and so appropriate for the season. Thanks!
I love Minestrone and this seems a new and interesting twist to the original one. Will sure be trying this soon as it is getting cold here.
This looks so comforting and filling, Denise. I love black beans more than the white ones, The picture is so tempting too! Cheers!
Mi Vida en un Dulce says
Oh, so you also have your own minestrone!!!
In Peru we have one too, but it is with white beans, and it's green, because it has basil, a lot.
Hi, Wow! I’m thinking that you really should do a video tutorial, your minestrone is amazing. Would love to be your neighbor.
Nusrat Azim says
That BIG, warm, gorgeous soup IS the way to celebrate Fall 🙂
Thank you for the hearty recipe. And those killer pictures!
Anna @ shenANNAgans says
The weather has been crazy down under, full on summer to full on winter in a matter of hours. Weather whiplash. This Brazilian minestrone sounds perfect for the cooler nights. I haven't tried those black beans, what an interesting flavour they would add. Will add to the list and try for sure. Yumbo!!!
Fran @ G'day Souffle' says
'Yes' to beans, 'yes' to bacon, 'yes' to your recipe!