- Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, then onion, carrot, celery, garlic and chili flakes. Cook until vegetables are slightly tender, about 3 min. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, parmesan rind, pasta and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until pasta is tender, 10 to 11 min. Remove and discard parmesan rind. Stir in spinach. Garnish with grated parmesan and basil.
Tangy, bright chianti
The classic red from gorgeous Tuscany makes a traditional pairing for tomato-based Italian dishes like Easy Minestrone. This one tastes of fresh berry and plum, with a zesty sharpness that enhances bold Mediterranean flavours.
Gabbiano Chianti Classico, Italy, $17.