Minestrone Soup with Tortellini and Pesto

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

Recipe: #40004

January 12, 2023

"Filling, satisfying and a complete meal in a bowl - craved on those cold winter days."

Original is 6-8 servings
  • Parsley or Basil Pesto:


  • Serving Size: 1 (505.1 g)
  • Calories 445.8
  • Total Fat - 23.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 73.4 mg
  • Sodium - 474.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 34.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.6 g
  • Sugars - 10.2 g
  • Protein - 27.7 g
  • Calcium - 688.7 mg
  • Iron - 4.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 69.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook for a couple of minutes, until they start to brown.

Step 2

Add 2 more tablespoons of oil along with the chopped onion, garlic and leek. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until softened.

Step 3

Add the chopped carrot, celery, zucchini, potato and stir around for a minute or two.

Step 4

Add the stock, the chickpeas, and then the tomatoes, crushing them with your hands as you go. Add a few generous pinches of salt (be judicious if your stock is salted already). Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are just tender.

Step 5

Add the kale and the tortellini, and continue to cook over a simmer until both are tender and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Serve garnished with a spoonful of the pesto, a few drops of the aged balsamic, and a generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Parsley or Basil Pesto:

Step 6

Chop the basil or parsley some more by hand until it's very fine...when you do this, you'll reduce it down to about 1/4 cup.

Step 7

As you chop the basil, start to incorporate the other ingredients and chop them fine, too, until you have a lovely, finely chopped pesto.

Step 8

Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Use as a garnish for the minestrone.


No special items needed.

1 Reviews


We all enjoyed this soup! I skipped the celery but otherwise made as directed for a very hearty soup which we all enjoyed. Thanks for sharing!


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(17 Jan 2023)

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