Minestrone Alla Genovese
Serves 10 - 12
2 tbsp. butter
Heat butter and olive oil in a large pot. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook until onion is translucent. Add salt pork and cook 10 – 12 minutes longer. Mix in garlic and all the herbs; being careful not to burn. Add leeks, carrots and basil leaves and cook 5 minutes longer. Add peeled tomatoes and tomato sauce, stir well. Add chicken broth, potatoes, beans and cabbage and cook 15 minutes. Add string beans, zucchini and peas and cook 10 minutes longer. Add pesto and let simmer. Salt and pepper to taste. (At this point the soup can be frozen. When ready to serve just thaw, add the pasta and finish cooking.)
Just before serving, add pasta or rice and cook until the pasta is al dente. Pass a bowl of fresh rated parmesan to sprinkle on top.
Pair with Ferrari-Carano Tre Terre Chardonnay.