Minestrone with Sole

Thick and chunky with vegetables and pieces of sole, this pesto-flavored soup is hearty enough to make a meal. Serve it hot to take the chill off a winter night, or at room temperature for a cool summertime supper.

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  • Servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 3/4 pound boiling potatoes (about 2), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 head cabbage (about 3/4 pound), shredded
  • 3 3/4 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
  • 1 1/2 cups drained and rinsed canned pinto beans (one 15-ounce can)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds sole fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons pesto, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter with the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, celery, and potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and cabbage and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes longer.

  2. Add the broth, beans, tomato paste, and salt and bring to a simmer. Simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables are tender, about 18 minutes. Add the sole, pesto, and pepper and bring back to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until the fish is just done, about 1 to 2 minutes more. To serve, ladle into bowls and pass more pesto if you like.

Notes

Fish Alternatives You can use any other member of the flounder family, such as sand dab or fluke, in place of the sole. Or try a firmer, white fish, such as cod, halibut, or monkfish. For these thicker fish, add another minute to the cooking time.

Suggested Pairing

A light Italian white wine will be delightful with the vegetables and pesto. Look for the most recent vintage of a Pinot Grigio from the northern Alto Adige region.

Photo © Melanie Acevedo Published October 2013





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