Pesto Vegetable Soup (Crock Pot)

Total Time
6hrs 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 hrs 30 mins

WOW! Saw this recipe and had to adopt and post. I grow tons of basil and freeze my pesto (Thanks to Zaar directions) I tried this and really enjoyed it as did the family. This is a great recipe for summer harvest or anytime of year. I added in some veggies as DH and I love to eat fresh vegetables and he likes substantial soups.(these additions are in parenthesis) I hope you enjoy. Adopted from Mr. Food- a hometown celebrity chef

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 (14 ounce) cansseasoned chicken broth with roasted garlic (I made my own)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas (can be fresh)
  • 9 ounces frozen cut green beans (can be fresh)
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes (cut up or chopped)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons pesto sauce (2 frozen pesto ice cubes)
  • 1 (6 ounce) bagfresh Baby Spinach
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • additional pesto sauce
  • carrot, cut into disks
  • potato, cut into cubes
  • celery, chopped


  1. Put 1st 8 ingredients into 5-6 quart crock pot, cover and cook on low 6 hours. (add in additional vegetables at this time if you so choose).
  2. Stir in pesto and spinach and cover and cook on low an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Serve with grated cheese and additional pesto sauce. Add in some chunky warm rustic bread and you have a comfy meal.
  4. note: cooked chicken can be added as well in the last 30 minutes as well.
Most Helpful

Delicious! I sauteed 4 cloves of garlic with the onions in about 1 T of basil infused olive oil instead of using garlic broth. Once they begin to soften, I added the other soup ingredients.(plus carrot and summer squash -- no potatoes) and cooked on high for 3 hours, then low for 1, then added pesto and spinach as directed. Easy, but very tasty!

Cook4_6 July 31, 2012

The other reviewers who said the pesto makes this recipe are right. I decided to just stir the pesto into each individual serving. It is delicious and I feel so healthy after eating it! And a crock pot recipe to boot! Loved this on a chilly, busy Fall evening! Thank you!

Julie F October 30, 2011

This is all about the pesto. This is a great soup and I love the fact that it is a crock pot recipe. But the flavor is brought out with the pesto. Made for ZWT 2011.

morgainegeiser June 06, 2011