Create: My Mom’s Basil Pesto Minestrone

My Jewish mom cooks minestrone like an Italian grandmother! Her recipe includes delicious basil pesto and freshly grated Parmesan. Since I’m throwing my first dinner party at my new apartment, I thought this would be a great make-ahead meal! Let’s see if my friends agree. Stay tuned tomorrow evening…



1 large carrot
2 stalks celery
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow “summer” squash
1 large Spanish onion
1 rustic potato
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, thoroughly washed, chooped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 bay leaf
2 Quarts vegetable stock or water
1 can (930 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 cups cooked pasta (small shape, example Ditalini)
1 can (14 ounces) red kidney beans
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
basil leaves for garnish (optional)
crustry bread for dipping (optional, but totally excellent)

1 Cup Basil Pesto (from scratch or store bought)

From Scratch:
1 large bunch of basil, leaves only, washed and dried
3 medium cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 handful of pistachio nuts
1/2 handful of pine nuts
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
Just add it all to the food processor and blend



Cut celery, carrot, potato, zucchini, yellow squash and onion into 1/4 inch pieces.


In a large soup pot over medium heat, stir the olive oil for 1 minute. Add all diced vegetables, as well as the leeks, garlic, salt, oregano, thyme, and bay leaf. Cook 10-15 minutes until the onions turn translucent.

Add the vegetable stock and tomatoes, Bring to a full Boil. Then bring it down to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Season generously with pepper. Add salt, to taste. Just a few minutes before serving, add the cooked pasta and pesto. Serve warm with Parmesan and crusty passed at the table.


5 responses to “Create: My Mom’s Basil Pesto Minestrone

  1. Sounds delicious, minus the parmesan.

    Your blog is great!

  2. I can’t wait to try this!!! It looks wonderful. I’m really enjoying your blog!!!!!!!

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