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Servings: 10


  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large Spanish onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, preferably Savoy, chopped
  • 2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh basil stems (leaves removed), tied together with string
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 8 cups basic vegetable stock
  • 1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 red potatoes, cut into 1inch cubes
  • 3 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 (3-inch) piece Parmesan cheese rind
  • 2 cups uncooked spinach radiatore pasta, or any spiral pasta
  • 1 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions


  • Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sweat for 4 minutes, until tender.
  • Add the cabbage and sweat for 4 minutes, until wilted.
  • Add the thyme, basil stems, salt, and pepper and stir to coat the vegetables. Add the stock, squash, potatoes, tomato paste, and Parmesan rind and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and cook for 10 minutes, until tender.
  • To serve, remove the basil stems and Parmesan rind, ladle the soup into bowls, and top with a dollop of pesto and the chopped scallions.
Recipe courtesy of The Daily Soup Cookbook by Leslie Kaul, Bob Spiegel, Carla Ruben, and Peter Siegel with Robin Vitetta-Miller. Copyright © 1999 Carla Ruben, Bob Spiegel and Peter Siegel. All Rights Reserved. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 473
  Calories from Fat 176 (37%)
(31%)Total Fat 20g
(27%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
(11%)Cholesterol 33mg
(81%)Sodium 1943mg
(33%)Potassium 1141mg
Total Carbohydrate 59g
(27%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(35%)Protein 17g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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