Classic Minestrone with Rice or Pasta

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

Adding pasta or rice makes this hearty soup appropriate as a dinner. If the soup seems too thick after adding the pasta or rice, stir in a little water. Pasta and rice do not hold up well when refrigerated or frozen, so serve this soup as soon as the pasta or rice is tender.

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