Minestrone Soup with Pesto

This is very close to Olive Garden style Minestrone soup.I am not sure if Olive Garden's soup has pesto in it but the pesto just takes the soup to an entirely different level in terms of the flavor.If you dont like pesto or for some reason allergic to pine nuts or nuts in general , you can always avoid it.I simmer the ingredients for half hour in Veg Broth (Could always use Broth of your choice) and I serve it with Rosemary & Olive Oil Bread (That I got from Wegmans)
6 Cups of Vegetarian Broth
3 garlic cloves, sliced vertically
1 Big Yellow Onion, chopped
1 can of 14 1/2 ounce of crushed/diced tomatoes
2 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, chopped/cubed
2 Zucchini, peeled, chopped
1 cup of Fresh Spinach, chopped
1 can of Canellini beans
1/2 can of Kidney Beans
2 red potatoes, peeled, cubed
1 cup seashell pasta
1 tablespoon of dried thyme
2 tbsps of Basil pesto
Salt and Pepper

  • Heat 2 tbsps of Olive Oil.Saute the chopped onions until soft
  • Add garlic, celery and carrots and cook till tender
  • Add the spinach and cook for 5 min
  • In the meantime, bring a pot of water with some salt to a boil.Add Pasta and cook till tender about 8 to 10 min.Drain the water in a colander.
  • Stir in the Thyme and Pesto
  • Now, add the beans, zucchini, and potatoes along with the tomatoes
  • Pour in the broth and stir all the contents once before you bring it to a boil.
  • Cook until potatoes are soft.
  • Simmer it for about half hour or so and then add the pasta
  • Season with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.



Hari Chandana said...

Lovely color... yummm

Priya said...

Filling bowl of delicious soup, looks very catchy.

Parita said...

Adding pesto to soup is something different, sounds delicious!

Vrinda said...

I am not a soup person,but urs look incredible,liked the topping with cheese

Asha said...

Lovely color of that soup, looks delicious.

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Rachana Kothari said...

Minestrone Soup with a rosemary olive bread would be a healthy, delicious and a wholesome meal for me :-) Lovely Click!

Niloufer Riyaz said...

Yummmmmmy, the soup looks great

Apu said...

Great looking soup!!

Divya Vikram said...

I just love minestrone soup from OG. Looks delectable.

5 Star Foodie said...

Yummy soup!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

this looks sooo gud shri..i love it in olive garden..and I nver fail to order it..

PranisKitchen said...

i am grt fan of og's soup and salad..
this one looks delicious..soup is always good for health..nice pic too

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Sushma Mallya said...

soup looks yummy just loved the colour:)

Rajee said...

Hearty bowl of soup. Adding pesto is a great way to spice up the soup.

RV said...

Recently I had this soup in a restaurant and i instantly fell in love with it. Looks hearty and healthy.

sheba said...

Whoa..such brilliant colour..and so hearty.

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