Chrissy Teigen's Parmesan Minestrone with Chili Mayo Toasts

February 20, 2019

Author Notes: "Few things on a menu are more trustworthy than minestrone. The worst thing that can happen is it comes out a little watery, but nothing horrid enough that you can't fix with a little salt. But the best that can happen? A rich, deeply flavorful soup bound together with Parmesan cheese. This version is like the soup you get in the can that you always love, only a little fresher (though, yes, hello, it's me, Chrissy, and I use three cans in the recipe; four, if you use broth from a can, too). Then, because sometimes more is more, I smeared Mom's hot chili oil mixed with mayo all over some toasts and broiled them to use as little soup scoopers. Or if you hate soup, just eat the toasts and pass that bowl over here, thank you very much."

Reprinted from Cravings: Hungry for More. Copyright © 2018 by Chrissy Teigen. Photographs copyright © 2018 by Aubrie Pick. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC
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Serves: 8
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 hrs 8 min

Ingredients

Parmesan Minestrone

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 7 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can green beans, undrained (or use 1 1/4 cups fresh green beans cut into 2-inch lengths, plus 3/4 cup water)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2/3 cup short pasta (we like wheels!)
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish

Chili Mayo Toasts

  • 16 thin slices baguette
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup mayo, plus more to taste
In This Recipe

Directions

Parmesan Minestrone

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender and translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 additional minute. Add the carrots and celery and cook until slightly softened, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, green beans (with the liquid from the can), basil, oregano, 2½ teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Increase the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the liquid thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
  3. Add the pasta and cook until tender, another 10 minutes or so. Stir in the Parm and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Garnish with more Parm. Serve with the chili mayo toasts.
  4. If the soup cools completely, it’ll thicken a lot because of the starch in the pasta. If it’s too thick for you, add a little water or broth when you reheat it.

Chili Mayo Toasts

  1. Preheat the broiler to low (or if you just have one broiler setting, position the oven rack so it’s not right under the broiler).
  2. Brush one side of the toasts with a bit of chili oil (the bread will drink in the oil), then spread each toast with a light layer of mayo and season with salt and pepper to taste. Broil on a baking sheet until golden and toasty, watching the broiler so the bread doesn’t burn, 1 to 3 minutes depending on the broiler.

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