Minestrone con Pesto alla Genovese – Minestrone with Pesto alla Genovese

Minestrone con Pesto alla Genovese – Minestrone with Pesto alla Genovese

Minestrone con Pesto alla Genovese – Minestrone with Pesto alla Genovese

Serves
Makes 10 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, small dice
  • 2 ribs celery, small dice
  • 1 large carrot, small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
  • 12 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Peeled Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 large potato, peeled, medium dice
  • 1 cup peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, medium dice
  • ½ head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large zucchini, medium dice
  • 8 oz green beans, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 (15-ounce) can borlotti beans, rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed
  • 8 oz orzo or broken spaghetti
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup Pesto alla Genovese Academia Barilla
  • ⅓ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Academia Barilla
Procedure

Minestrone is one of Italy’s signature dishes, and every region has its own variety. The Italian root word in minestrone is minestra, which is a term that refers to chunky soup.

Minestrone was originally peasant food. It was born in the kitchens of home cooks looking for a way to satisfy their hungry families. The dish is meant to be easy to make and delicious, while being both nutritious and inexpensive. The common ingredients used to prepare a traditional minestrone soup are beans, celery, carrots, onions, tomatoes and stock.

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic and parsley; sauté until soft, about 5-8 minutes. Add broth, cherry tomatoes and next 6 ingredients. Increase heat to high and bring soup to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pot, and cook for about 15-20 minutes. Stir in beans and pasta, and simmer 15 minutes longer or until pasta is al dente. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls; garnish each with 1 tablespoon of pesto and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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