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tomato minestrone soup with garlic bread croutons

servings:Makes 4
prep time:
20 minutes
cook time:
20 minutes
total time:
40 minutes


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 lb. pancetta (diced)
  • 1 lb. zucchini (seeded,cut in strips and chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery with leafy tops (finely chopped)
  • 1 sm carrot (finely chopped)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • salt & pepper
  • 32 ounce chicken stock (4 cups)
  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans (rinsed)
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato puree
  • 1/2 lb. mini penna
  • a handful basil torn in pieces
garlic bread croutons
  • baguette bread (thick sliced)
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1 lb. fresh asiago cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • olive oil
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