Classic Minestrone Soup with Rosemary Pesto Recipe

This tasty herbal soup gets a unique twist with the addition of rosemary pesto.

From "The Edible Italian Garden"
March/April 2016

  • Classic Minestrone Soup with Rosemary Pesto is an easy way to enjoy immune- and circulation-enhancing rosemary.
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Total Hands-On Time: 2 hr

Yield: 6 servings

This minestrone, in the regional style of Liguria in northwest Italy, is finished with a lovely flavor burst of rosemary pesto.

Classic Minestrone Soup with Rosemary Pesto Recipe


• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 large yellow onion, sliced
• Two 1⁄3-inch-thick slices prosciutto, cut in thin strips
• 2 large carrots, sliced
• 8 chard leaves, cut in thin strips
• 1 small cabbage, sliced thinly
• 14 to 16 ripe Italian paste tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped; or 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
• 8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
• 3 large cloves garlic, minced
• Handful fresh Italian parsley leaves
• Leaves from two 3-inch sprigs of fresh rosemary
• 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
• 1⁄2 dried hot pepper
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 2 cups cooked cannellini beans or one 15-ounce can kidney beans
• 2 handfuls Romano beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
• 1 small green zucchini, sliced
• 4 ounces wide pasta noodles, broken into 3-inch pieces


1. Put olive oil, onion and prosciutto in a large stockpot. Sauté over low until onions are translucent. Add carrots, chard, cabbage and tomatoes. Cook a few minutes, then add stock. Cover and simmer on low, about 2 hours. Soup can be cooled and refrigerated at this point.

2. In the meantime, put garlic, parsley, rosemary, Parmesan and dried chili in a mortar to make pesto. Pound ingredients with a pestle into a crumbly paste. Set aside.

3. A half hour or so before serving, bring soup to a simmer and add cannellini and Romano beans, zucchini and pasta, and cook 5 to 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in rosemary pesto. Serve in individual bowls and top with Parmesan.

Find more delicious recipes featuring Italian herbs in A Guide to Italian Herb Seasonings.

Reprinted from The Edible Italian Garden by Rosalind Creasy.

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