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Minestrone with pasta and pesto

Total Time
1 hr
25 min
35 min
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.


Olive oil

1 tbs

Prosciutto fat trimmed

80 g, fat trimmed (buy100g)


1 whole, finely chopped


1 medium, finely chopped


2 clove(s), crushed

Savoy cabbage

2 cup(s), finely shredded (170g)

Salt reduced chicken stock

6 cup(s), (1.5L)

Canned diced tomatoes

400 g

Dry pasta

75 g, spaghetti variety, broken into 5 cm lengths

Canned red kidney beans, rinsed, drained

270 g, (400g can)


2 small, finely chopped

Frozen green peas

½ cup(s), (60g)

Fresh basil

cup(s), finely chopped

Basil pesto

2 tbs, store bought

Grated parmesan cheese

2 tbs


  1. 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.
  2. Add cabbage, stock and tomatoes and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 12–15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. 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.
  4. Ladle soup into serving bowls. Serve dolloped with pesto dip and sprinkled with parmesan.


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