Minestrone with pasta and pesto

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Minestrone is a traditional Italian soup that is filled with vegetables and tomato. The pesto cuts through the rich flavour and adds an extra fresh basil taste.

  • 80 g prosciutto, fat trimmed (buy100g)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 whole leek, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 clove(s) fresh garlic, crushed
  • 2 cup(s) savoy cabbage, finely shredded
  • 6 cup(s) Chicken stock, liquid, salt-reduced, (1.5L)
  • 400 g canned diced tomatoes
  • 75 g pasta, broken into 5 cm lengths
  • 270 g canned red kidney beans, rinsed, drained, (400g can)
  • 2 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup(s) frozen peas, boiled
  • 1/3 cup(s) fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs basil pesto
  • 2 tbs grated parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto, leek, carrot and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until leek has softened.

Add cabbage, stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 12–15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add pasta, beans and zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7–10 minutes or until pasta and zucchini are tender. Add peas and basil and stir until heated through. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Ladle soup into serving bowls. Serve dolloped with pesto dip and sprinkled with parmesan.

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