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Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Yield Makes about 10 cups
Our chunky take on pistou is chock-full of veggies, beans, and pasta. Serve it with lemon wedges.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 (32-oz.) containers organic vegetable broth
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup uncooked mini farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
  • Basil Pesto

How to Make It

  1. Sauté carrots and next 4 ingredients in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in broth, tomatoes, zucchini, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in beans and pasta, and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Top each serving with 1 to 2 tsp. Basil Pesto.