Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter Vegetable Soup With Pesto

I got this recipe is from All the Best Blog - Winter Vegetable Soup with Pesto

Hope you enjoy making it as much as I did. 

2 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled, diced
1 6-ounce white-skinned potato, peeled, diced
*3 tablespoons water
8 cups canned vegetable broth
1/2 cup orzo
6 ounces green beans, trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

(I got frozen green beans)
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 cups (packed) fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup drained canned diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled

Puree all ingredients in processor. 
Season with salt and pepper

*I made the Pesto a day ahead, but you could also use store bought.



1. Chop vegetables.

   2. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large heavy pot.
 I inherited this pot from my grandmother - I adore it.

 3. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until vegetables are almost tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 -12 minutes. 
This is where you use  the 3 Tablespoons of water - no oil.

 4. Add the broth and bring to boil. 

 5. Stir in orzo; boil uncovered until orzo is almost tender, stirring often so it doesn't stick,
about 12 minutes. 

6. Stir in cannellin beans. Simmer beans until heated through, about 3 minutes.

7. Add green beans; reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 6 minutes. 
At this point I added the red pepper flakes. 

8. Season with salt and pepper.

9. Put  a large spoon full of pesto in your bowl. Ladle soup over pesto; swirl to blend. 
Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cheese.

Viola, its soup time! 

It has turned cold here in Southern California.
Overcast & Rainy - well, we think it is cold! 50' during the day.

I adore making soup and eating it. What better way to greet this weather...

What dish screams cold weather to you, dear readers?
Tell me...




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  1. Yummy! I made soup today for my daughter and I as she is on the mend from an awful stomach bug. Now I just take great delight in feeding her with nourishment.

    1. Hope your daughter is feeling better. Thanks for the comment.xxpeggy

  2. Yum! I love soup for this time of year. And it gets better the next day....don't you think, Peggy? Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. I love soup in the winter-and you are right Loi, next day it is wonderful. Thank you for commenting Loi..xxpeggy