Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto



  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cups leeks,  cut lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and dice  about ½ cup
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 medium Parmgiano Reggiano cheese rinds **
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt or more to taste
  • 5 tomatoes, seeded  and finely diced or 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 1 medium zucchini or yellow squash, trimmed and diced
  • 1 cup ½ inch long green bean pieces
  • Kernals from 2 ears fresh corn
  • 1 15 0z can chickpeas or kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 0z small shaped pasta such as ditalini cooked


  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
  • salt
  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese


Warm olive oil in soup pot over medium heat: add the onion and sauté until golden and soft, 8-10 minutes.  Stir occasionally. Add leeks and sauté until soft, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. About 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.  Add carrots, celery, water. Parmesan rinds, and 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to boil. Simmer partially covered, for 10 minutes before adding the tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, corn, and beans.  Bring to a boil again and then simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

To make the pesto:  place basil, place the basil, parsley, garlic, olive oil and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth. Add Parmesan and process to incorporate.

Adjust seasonings in soup, adding more salt if necessary. Add the cooked pasta. Ladle soup into bowls, add a dollop of about 1 tablespoon pesto to each, and serve immediately.

** If rinds not available, substitute one quart of chicken stock for the water.

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