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Classic Minestrone Soup Con Pesto Alla Genovese

3 tb Olive oil
2 Onions, diced
2 Carrots, chopped
2 Leeks, whites only chopped
2 Stalks celery, chopped
2 Potatoes, diced
1 c Dry beans soaked and cooked but still hard
1 Large eggplant skinned and diced
2 c Hot chicken broth
4 c Boiling water
Salt and pepper
2 Tomatoes, diced
1 1/2 c Cabbage, diced
1 1/2 c Spinach, diced
1 1/2 c Zucchini, diced
3/4 c Pasta, raw
3 tb Pesto, heaping


Pesto:
1 1/2 c Fresh basil leaves
1 Garlic clove
Parmesan or romano cheese
3 tb Pine nuts or walnuts
1/2 c Olive oil


In olive oil saute till soft onions, leeks, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Add dry beans, eggplant and cook down. Add chicken broth, water, salt, pepper, tomatoes and cook for about 1 hour covered. Add cabbage, spinach, zucchini. Add pasta. If too thick add more chicken broth. When done add pesto sauce.


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