Minestrone with Pesto

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Minestrone is a thick, mixed vegetable soup using almost any combination of seasonal vegetables. Short cuts of pasta or rice may also be added. This version includes pesto sauce.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 leek, sliced

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 carrots, finely chopped

  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 6 ¼ cups hot vegetable broth

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 zucchini, finely chopped, or more to taste

  • ¾ cup fresh peas

  • 3 medium tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 cups cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 3 tablespoons pesto sauce

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a stockpot. Stir in leek and onion and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Add carrots, celery, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more.

  2. Pour hot vegetable broth into the pot and stir well. Add bay leaf and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and let simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.

  3. Stir in zucchini and peas. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, cover, and let simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.

  4. Uncover the pot and stir in beans. Let simmer for 10 minutes; stir in pesto sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 3 to 4 minutes. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.

Cook's Notes:

You can use hot water instead of vegetable broth or a combination of both.

You can use 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme instead of fresh, if you'd like.

You can use frozen peas instead of fresh, if you'd like. If using frozen, add with tomatoes instead of zucchini.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 814mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 45mg 227%
Calcium 182mg 14%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 778mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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