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Tomato Minestrone with Buttery Pine Nut Breadcrumbs

Serves 4

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 to 4 small ribs celery with leafy tops, chopped
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato pure
  • 1 cup mini penne rigate or mini rigatoni, such as Barilla brand
  • 1/2 basil leaves, torn
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 loaf crusty or stale bread
  • 1 3-ounce jar pine nuts or 1/3 cup
  • 1/4 grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more to pass at table
PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325F.

Heat a soup pot over medium to medium-high heat with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan. Add onions, garlic, green beans, carrots, celery, bay leaf, garbanzo beans and season liberally with salt and pepper. Cook vegetables 7-8 minutes to soften then add in stock and tomato pure. Bring soup to a boil, add penne and cook 5 minutes. Stir in basil and turn off heat.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small pot over low. Pulse bread and pine nuts together in a food processor. Turn breadcrumbs out onto a cookie sheet and toss with butter and cheese. Toast in oven 12-15 minutes, until light golden in color.

Top soup with breadcrumbs and serve.

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