Summer Minestrone

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“I received a new cookbook last week and three recipes immediately jumped out at me "to try first." This one is a light version of a soup that is often quite heavy. and this lightness makes it perfect for summer sipping. And it can be made in less than one-half hour: a big plus in the summer. The addition of pesto gives a welcome spark. The source of this recipe is "Easy Pasta" published by Ryland, Peters, and Small.”

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  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, or according to package directions. Drain well.
  2. Meanwhile heat the oil in another large saucepan, add the onion and garlic and cook gently for 3 minutes. Add the celery and carrots and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and beans, bring to a boil then simmer for 5-10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add the drained pasta, stir in the pesto and season to taste. Divide between 4 bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan, then serve.

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