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Minestrone with Cannellini beans and pesto

Minestrone with Cannellini Beans and Pesto

  • Author: Loreto
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Minestrone with Cannellini Beans and Pesto, taking an Italian tradition to the next level of flavor with a homemade pesto and all those lovely organic veggies, fresh, vibrant and fragrant especially when combined and slow simmered to create a most delicious blend of taste and texture.


  • 6 1/2 cups vegetable stock (homemade or organic store-bought)
  • 3 Tbsp e.v.o. oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 stock celery, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 3/4 cup peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups cooked cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup cooked greens (like kale, swiss chard, spinach)
  • 3 Tbsp pesto sauce (homemade or organic store-bought)
  • Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the broth to simmering.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the e.v.o. oil. Stir in the onion and leek, and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the onion softens.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, and garlic, and cook over moderate heat, stirring often, for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the potatoes, the zucchini, and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Pour in the vegetable broth, and stir well. Add the herbs and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat slightly and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Stir in the peas and the tomatoes. Cover the pan and boil for about 5-8 minutes.
  7. About 10 minutes before serving the soup, uncover and stir in the beans and the greens. Simmer for 10 minutes, then stir in the pesto sauce. Taste for seasoning, add more salt if needed.
  8. Simmer for 5 more minutes then remove from the heat.
  9. Allow the soup to stand for a few minutes, then serve with grated Parmigiano (optional).


Short pasta, orzo, or rice may also be added.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Soups
  • Cuisine: Italian
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