minestrone recipe

Kuleto's in San Francisco serves a minestrone that's a wealth of vegetables, pancetta and herbs. Orzo adds to the heartiness. (Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times / June 1, 2012)

Dear SOS: I was at Kuleto's in San Francisco recently, and we had the best minestrone soup. It was fabulous. I have called and emailed, and nothing. Can you please obtain the soup recipe? Thanks for your help.

Elizabeth A. Reers

La Jolla

Dear Elizabeth: Rich, hearty and amazingly flavorful, this is a great minestrone! Kuleto's was happy to share its recipe with us, which we've adapted below.

Kuleto's minestrone

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6

Note: Adapted from Kuleto's in San Francisco. Basil pesto is available at most major markets.

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 ounces diced pancetta

1/2 cup finely diced onion

1/2 cup finely diced carrot

2 tablespoons finely diced fennel bulb

1/3 cup finely diced celery

3/4 teaspoon minced garlic, from about 1 clove

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped thyme

3/4 teaspoon chopped rosemary

2 1/2 teaspoons chopped basil

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes

2 cups chicken broth