Pesto Vegetable Soup (Crock Pot)

"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"
 
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Ready In:
6hrs 40mins
Ingredients:
15
Serves:
8-10
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ingredients

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans seasoned 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) bag fresh Baby Spinach
  • grated parmesan cheese
  • additional pesto sauce
  • carrot, cut into disks
  • potato, cut into cubes
  • celery, chopped
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directions

  • 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).
  • Stir in pesto and spinach and cover and cook on low an additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve with grated cheese and additional pesto sauce. Add in some chunky warm rustic bread and you have a comfy meal.
  • note: cooked chicken can be added as well in the last 30 minutes as well.

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Reviews

  1. icecreamqueen63
    Fabulous soup, OMG was so good! Followed the ingredients almost to a tee, used homemade chicken stock with better than buillon and added garlic powder. Doubled the onion and pesto, and added 1 cup chicken, Slap your Mama seasoning and served with parmesan and French bread. The soup was rather thick so added a bit more water. I bet it would be great with pasta too
     
  2. Cook4_6
    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!
     
  3. Julie F
    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!
     
  4. morgainegeiser
    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.
     
  5. Debbwl
    A wonderful spring soup! I made this soup as written using homemade pesto the sliced carrot and parmesan options, almost left out the peas as I love fresh peas but hate over cooked peas however they did not taste over cooked (happy). This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for the post.
     
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