Tortellini Minestrone

adapted from Pink Parsley


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks of celery cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 5 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups V8 vegetable juice
  • 1 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 9-oz package fresh cheese tortellini
  • 1 medium zucchini halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pesto for serving
  • grated Parmesan for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the carrots, celery, and onions,1/4 teaspoon of salt, and black pepper to taste, and cook until just softened, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, and cook until all the vegetables are softened, 5-6 more minutes. Add the garlic and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the broth, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in the vegetable juice and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the tortellini and zucchini and continue to simmer until they are cooked through and tender, 5-7 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide among serving bowls and top each portion with a spoonful of pesto and a sprinkling of Parmesan before serving.