YIELD8 servings


  1. Minestrone:
    • 3 sprigs oregano
    • 3 sprigs rosemary
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 ounces pancetta (Italian bacon), chopped (optional)
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, thinly sliced
    • 2 carrots, peeled, chopped
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • Kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, drained
    • 1 Parmesan rind (about 2 ounces; optional)
    • 3 cups cooked cannellini beans, cooking liquid reserved if desired, or two 15-ounce cans, rinsed
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 12 ounces baby Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed, cut into 1/2″ pieces
    • 1/2 bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn into 1″ pieces
  2. Pistou and assembly:
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 ounce finely grated Parmesan
    • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
    • Kosher salt


  1. Minestrone:
    1. Tie oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves together with kitchen twine.
    2. Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium. Add pancetta, if using, and cook, stirring often, until browned around the edges, about 5 minutes. Add onion, leek, carrots, celery, garlic, and red pepper flakes; season with salt. Cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent and carrots are tender, 10–12 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring to coat, until slightly darkened, about 3 minutes.
    3. Add tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you go, then herb bundle, Parmesan rind, if using, and 6 cups water or reserved bean cooking liquid, or a combination. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Add potatoes, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender and flavors have melded, 20–25 minutes. Add kale and beans; cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes. Discard Parmesan rind and herb bundle.
    4. Do ahead: Soup can be made 2 days ahead (or 2 months if frozen). Let cool; transfer to airtight containers and chill.
  2. Pistou and assembly:
    1. Pulse garlic and basil in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in oil, Parmesan, and lemon zest; season with salt. Serve soup topped with pistou.

NOTE by Kyrian Lyndon: This recipe is amazing (even without the Pistou). I use a 28 oz. can of tomato sauce instead of whole tomatoes, a half cup of Parmesan cheese instead of the rind, and a spinach/kale mix instead of just kale. I also like to season and cook the potatoes separately before tossing them in. It’s a family favorite that everyone will love.

Recipe found on bon appetit and Epicurious


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