Smoky Minestrone With Tortellini And Parsley Or Basil Pesto

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3 tablespoons olive oil

2 slices preservative-free, all-natural bacon, chopped into small pieces

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

1 leek, trimmed and sliced thinly

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 ribs of celery, chopped

1 zucchini, chopped

1 potato, peeled and chopped

4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade

1 15 oz. can of cooked chickpeas, preferably organic

1 28 oz. can of peeled San Marzano tomatoes, with juice


1 cup kale, chopped fine

1 9-ounce package of high quality, all-natural cheese tortellini

Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling- optional

Grated parmesan cheese for garnish- optional

1 cup loosely packed basil or parsley

2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

2 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon olive oil

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