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Minestrone is the ultimate veggie soup

. It's got rich tomato broth, pasta, and a garden's worth of veggies swimming in there. Here at Allrecipes, the most popular one around is Jamie's Minestrone; people rave about it. So, what, you might ask, could make it even better? Here you go:

Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard adds body, flavor, and nutrients

. Any leafy green, will work, actually—kale, collards, even fresh spinach. But chard, with it's thick-but-tender stems and almost buttery flavor, is perfect for standing up to the big flavors around it. Plus, when you reheat the leftovers, it doesn't break down. That's a big bonus.

Pesto

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Like any good sauce, pesto really is more than the sum of its parts once all those ingredients are blended together. Mix it in while it's cooking, and add a dollop as garnish when you serve the soup.