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Green Minestrone with Chicken and Pesto

Green Minestrone with Chicken and Pesto Recipe

  • One 3 ½ to 4 pound chicken, quartered, with neck and all giblets except liver
  • 10 cups water, or as needed
  • 1 celery stalk whole with leaves and 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 small onion, whole, and 1 medium, chopped
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 8 to 10 black peppercorns
  • 2/3 cup green split peas (optional)
  • 2 tablespons (1/4 stick) butter and 2 tablespoons mild olive oil, or 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, white portions only, thinly sliced
  • ½ pound string beans, trimmed and cut into ½-inch lengths
  • 1 pound small zucchini
  • 1 small (about 1 ½ pounds) green cabbage, preferable savoy
  • Leaves of 1 large bunch young and tender Swiss chard, well washed and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup rice or 4 medium boiling potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 cups loosely packed whole fresh basil leaves, well washed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesean cheese, optional
  • Salt, to taste
  • Grated Parmesean cheese
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Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 498kcal (25%)
Total Fat 24g (37%)
Saturated Fat 4g (20%)
Cholesterol 63mg (21%)
Total Carbohydrate 44g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 9g
Protein 29g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.



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