Minestrone Soup with Pesto

Minestrone Soup with Pesto 

Minestrone soup with pesto adds a bit of luxury by using pesto for extra flavour to this dish. Minestrone originally was a very humble dish and was intended for everyday consumption, being filling and cheap, and would likely have been the main course of a meal.

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Serves: 10





  1. Place the stock, tomatoes, wine, onions, carrots, turnip, celery and peppers in a large saucepan

  2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes

  3. Add the courgettes, kidney beans, pasta and turmeric

  4. Simmer for a further 40 minutes, stirring regulary, until the vegetables are tender

  5. Season with salt and pepper.


  1. Place the basil, garlic and Parmesan cheese in a food processor or blender

  2. Blend until finely chopped

  3. While motor is running, gradually add the olive oil through the feed tube until a paste is formed

  4. Season with salt and pepper

  5. Serve the soup in large soup bowls, stir in 1 tablespoon of pesto into each bowl.

Category: Starter

Cuisine: Italian

Sub-Category: Soup