Yield: Serves 8 (Makes 14-1/2 cups)
1. In a large pot, heat the oil until hot. Add pancetta. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes or until darkened and edges are curled. Add onion, leek, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Add broth, tomatoes with puree, garbanzo and pinto beans, cheese rind, thyme and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
3. Add pasta. Return to a boil and cook 6 minutes. Add green beans and kale. Simmer 1 minute. Discard cheese rind and bay leaves. Serve with grated cheese on top.
*Don't Toss That Rind!
Don't toss those Parmigiano-Reggiano rinds; they can infuse many tomato and beef based soups, broths, stews and sauces with a rich, tangy flavor! Simply simmer them along with the rest of the ingredients in the base, then discard before serving.
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