Winter Vegetable Bean Soup With Pesto

Winter Vegetable Bean Soup With PestoPreparation Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 large leeks, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 5 1/4 cups Swanson Vegetable Broth (regular or Certified Organic)
  • 1 can (about 19 ounces) white kidney beans (cannellini), rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Easy Basil Pesto (recipe follows)

Preparation

  1. Heat carrots, potatoes, turnip, leeks, celery and 1 3/4 cups broth in large saucepot over medium-high heat to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup broth for Easy Basil Pesto. Stir remaining broth, beans, bay leaf and red pepper into saucepot. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf. Serve topped with Easy Basil Pesto.

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Easy Basil Pesto: Mix 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 3 cloves garlic and 1/2 cup reserved broth in food processor bowl or blender jar. Cover and process until smooth.

source: Family Features

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