Classic Minestrone with Pancetta

Published September 1, 1998.

Why this recipe works:

While developing a quick minestrone recipe with a harmonious balance of flavors, we found it best to eliminate both bold and bland vegetables, add a rind of Parmesan or some pancetta to the pot to compensate for the lack of stock, and liven it all up with a dollop of pesto.

While developing a quick minestrone recipe with a harmonious balance of flavors, we found it best to eliminate both bold and bland vegetables, add a rind of Parmesan or some pancetta to the pot to compensate for the lack of stock, and liven it all up with a dollop of pesto.

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Serves 6 to 8

Pancetta, unsmoked Italian bacon, can be used in place of a cheese rind to boost flavor in the soup. Because it has been smoked, American bacon can overwhelm the vegetables. Try cooking bacon strips in simmering water for one minute to wash away some of the smokiness.

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