Minestrone Alla Genovese

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1/3 cup dry white or mottled beans, such as cannellini or cranberry/borlotti

3 cups cold water

3 ounces unsmoked bacon (salt pork) or a prosciutto bone, or 2 ounces pancetta

1 onion, chopped

1 carrot, sliced

1 stalk of celery, diced

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or as needed

8 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced

6 cups beef broth or vegetable broth

1 bay leaf

1 big sprig of fresh rosemary

1/4 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces

2 zucchini, sliced

Leaves from 1/2 bunch spinach, washed and coarsely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup shell-shaped pasta

About 1 cup pesto, homemade or store-bought with a little extra garlic added

Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, or other grating cheese, as desired

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