READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by AmyZoe

I made this without the pasta and the bacon, and it was still terrific. Recipe courtesy of Spilling the Beans.

Top Review by Princess Pea

This was a great, simple base recipe for minestrone. I noticed the amount of onion is not listed in the ingredients (I used 1 medium onion, chopped). Adding the pesto at the end gave it a great punch of flavor. We enjoyed this with shaved parmesan cheese and some crusty bread on the side. Delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, and saute the onion, garlic, and pancetta or bacon until the onion is transparent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and tomatoes and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the potatoes, carrot, zucchini, both types of beans, and cabbage to the pot, and simmer again.
  4. Cover, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  5. Add the pesto and pasta right before serving, and taste for seasoning (you may not need any--pancetta and pesto are both quite salty).
  6. Pass around more pesto at the table if desired.

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