Minestrone Verde

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Recipe: #26187

June 08, 2017

"Recipe source: Cooking Light (June 2017)"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (469.9 g)
  • Calories 340.5
  • Total Fat - 13.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 25.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1363.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 42.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.1 g
  • Sugars - 6.5 g
  • Protein - 14.5 g
  • Calcium - 208.5 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a food processor process the basil, cheese, pine nuts and garlic until finely chopped. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and process until combined.Set aside.

Step 2

In a dutch oven heat the remaining oil (1 1/2 teaspoons) over medium heat. Add leeks, cook, stirring often until softened about 5-7 minutes. Stir in zucchini and cook stirring occasionally until tender but not browned - 3-5minutes. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to medium low and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile cook tortellini in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes less than package directions (5-7 minutes); drain.

Step 4

Add tortellini, spinach and peas to soup. Stir in lemon juice and salt.

Step 5

Ladle into bowls and top each serving with the pesto and sprinkle with pepper.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


This soup is absolutely wonderful! I used a mushroom tortellini from Aldi that gave it an extra punch of flavor, but it didn't need it. I even think this soup could stand alone without any pasta or meat. Once the pesto is stirred in, it's absolutely heavenly! Out of personal preference, I did up the garlic and pine nuts in the pesto, and had to add additional olive oil to achieve the right consistency. This soup is going into my Best of 2024 file, for play over at Food, Friends & Fun. Thanks for sharing, Ellie!


review by:
(1 Mar 2024)


I just knew this soup would be awesome! Made as directed with only a wee change...I added cayenne and and a splash of cream. The pesto and lemon juice bring a wonderful punch of flavour. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. UPDATE 9/12/20: This time added bay scallops to this wonderful soup. Next time it will be chicken. Thank you for sharing a do again recipe Ellie! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(21 Jul 2020)

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