We wanted meat in ours--so I added 1# ground beef and a chopped onion. I was impressed with how GOOD it tasted since I made it at 4 & we ate at 6. Usually this type of soup/stew tastes best a day or 2 later....so I'm waiting to see how wonderful it will be tomorrow for lunch! Thanks!
Yesterday was a cold and rainy day. My family slept in so long that it seemed too late to make breakfast, but they were headed out to run some errands, so I decided to get them all warmed up with this soup first. What a wonderful surprise! No one could believe it was ready in less than 30 minutes and everyone loved the flavor. I used some baby portabellas, rough-chopped baby carrots and mini-Penne pasta. I didn't have pesto on hand, as I usually make it homemade, so I subbed with about a 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil. This stew was hearty, filling, and tasted delicious! I'll definitely make it again. Thanks for sharing, Bizzy-Bee! Made & enjoyed for the Spring 2012 Pick-A-Chef event.