Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup

Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Satisfying, creamy, bright, flavorful and easy to make. Healthy vegan vegetable soup recipe.

Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Creamy, bright, satisfying and easy to make. Healthy, hearty and full of vitamins and minerals. www.mariamusicmunchies.com #soup #pesto #vegetablesoup

I think soup has to be one of my favorite meals to make, especially in the winter time. No matter what I have on hand, even if it’s the sad, empty-fridge day before my weekly grocery haul, I can always seem to scrounge up enough ingredients to make a soup.

Cooking soup is also a great way to use up those vegetables that you need to eat, and fast, before they go bad. Especially vegetables like zucchini, which ALWAYS seem to go bad in my house because no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to get myself to eat that damn vegetable.

Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Creamy, bright, satisfying and easy to make. Healthy, hearty and full of vitamins and minerals. www.mariamusicmunchies.com #soup #pesto #vegetablesoup

I always have high ambitions at the end of the summer to eat zucchini. You know, that time of year when zucchini is more ubiquitous than Starbucks and people with home gardens have that panicky look in their eyes as they try to unload their war-sized stock piles on their neighbors. FREE ZUCCHINI! TAKE AS MANY AS YOU LIKE!

Even then, they usually end up in a soup because I quite literally bite off more than I can chew.

I digress, this soup does not contain zucchini, unless of course you’d like it to. Actually, this soup would be perfect with zucchini….

Alright! Enough with the damn zucchini!!

Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Creamy, bright, satisfying and easy to make. Healthy, hearty and full of vitamins and minerals. www.mariamusicmunchies.com #soup #pesto #vegetablesoup
 

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    Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Creamy, bright, satisfying and easy to make. Healthy, hearty and full of vitamins and minerals. www.mariamusicmunchies.com #soup #pesto #vegetablesoup

    I’ve made this soup a few times now and I’m always pleasantly surprised with the flavor of the broth. It’s bright and creamy thanks to our friend tahini! I know, what a weird thing to put in soup broth. But I swear to the kitten god that it’s incredible.

    I don’t enjoy vegetable soups unless there is some sort of fat element. I’m not talking oil-overload, just a hint of something: Topped with avocado, a tablespoon of oil, just something!

    Otherwise, vegetable soups leave me feeling ravenous and empty just minutes after I eat. The fat helps make you feel satisfied and it also aids the absorption of the fat soluble nutrients in certain vegetables.

    Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Creamy, bright, satisfying and easy to make. Healthy, hearty and full of vitamins and minerals. www.mariamusicmunchies.com #soup #pesto #vegetablesoup

    The broth of this soup is a pesto tahini sauce that I blend and then add in right before serving. Adding in the pesto tahini sauce at the end helps to keep the basil, garlic and lemon notes nice and fresh.

    I also decided to add some whole wheat pasta shells. I love soups that have pasta in them. Give me a good Minestrone any day (plus I can get rid of my zucchini! ha!)

    So, we have a bright, creamy pesto broth and then the addition of pasta and beans makes this soup extremely savory and satisfying. This is my new favorite soup. It’s also very beautiful and colorful. I absolutely love all the bright colors of vegetables. They’re so mesmerizing. That’s why I named it Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! It’s so very colorful.

    Give this soup a whirl and please let me know how you liked it!

    Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup! Creamy, bright, satisfying and easy to make. Healthy, hearty and full of vitamins and minerals. www.mariamusicmunchies.com #soup #pesto #vegetablesoup
     
     
    Yield: 8 bowls

    Pesto Rainbow Vegetable Soup

    prep time: 5 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 30 mins

    ingredients:

    Tahini Pesto Sauce
    • Handful of fresh Basil - 1 small container
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 3 TBL tahini
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 1 lemon juiced
    • 2 TBL nutritional yeast
    • Splash of water if needed
    Rainbow Vegetable Soup
    • 2 medium carrots- diced
    • 1 medium red onion - diced
    • 1 red bell pepper - diced
    • 2 celery stalks - diced
    • 1 veggie bouillon cube 
    • 1/2 cup whole wheat pasta shells
    • 6 cups water 
    • 1 tsp dill
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 can of great northern beans or chickpeas - drained and rinsed
    • 2 handfuls of chopped kale
    • salt and pepper to taste

    instructions:

    Tahini Pesto Sauce
    1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Add water if needed.  Set aside.  This will get added the soup right before it's served. 
    Rainbow Vegetable Soup
    1. Dice the onion, carrot, celery and red bell pepper. 
    2. Heat soup pan.  Add splash of water or oil.  Sautée the onions, celery and carrots for 5 minutes.
    3. Add the water, bouillon cube, bay leaf and dill. 
    4. Cover, bring to a boil and then simmer for 5-8 minutes
    5. Add the beans and red bell pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.  
    6. Keep the broth simmering.  Add the pasta shells and kale. Cook for 10 minutes until pasta is soft.  If you're losing a lot of the broth, just add in a little bit of water until you get the desired consistency. 
    7. Right before serving, add the pesto tahini sauce.  Stir in and let cook for 2 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. 
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