- Heat olive oil in a large saucepot over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook about 6 minutes or until crispy and well browned, stirring frequently. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta to a paper-towel-lined plate and set aside.
- Add the onion, garlic, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, and a little black pepper to the same pot with the pancetta fat and olive oil and cook about 3 minutes, or until onion is softened slightly and fragrant (but not browned), stirring occasionally. Stir in the Mutti® Double Concentrated Tomato Paste until incorporated. Add the carrots and cook about 3 minutes or until the tomato paste darkens slightly and the carrots soften ever so slightly, stirring occasionally. Stir in the cauliflower florets, Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes, water, and the Parmigiano Reggiano rind and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the potatoes and season with an additional ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 8 minutes or until the potato is tender but not mushy. Add the zucchini and cabbage and cook about 3 minutes, until softened but not soggy. Stir in the pasta and cook about 9 minutes, until just tender, stirring occasionally. If needed, add a little more water to adjust the consistency (but soup should be chunky and not too brothy; too much water will dilute the flavor). Stir in the peas and spinach and cook about 2 minutes. Taste and season as desired with additional salt and pepper.
- To serve, remove the cheese rind from the pot and discard. Divide the soup among shallow serving bowls. Garnish generously with extra-virgin olive oil and top with the reserved pancetta crumbles, grated Parmigiano Reggiano, fresh basil leaves, and freshly grated black pepper.
Stacy Adimando is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author whose writing and recipes have been published by NPR, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Vogue, and many other mediums. Meet Stacy through our Chefs. Home. Cooking. film series, and look for her newest cookbook Piatti: Plates and Platters for Sharing, Inspired by Italy at bookstores nationwide.