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Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto


Sure, we don’t eat meat during the Nine Days, but we still can have food that is nutritious and delicious!

From Pam ReissSoup – A Kosher Collection:

Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto

The soup itself is light on flavor-but serve bowls up with a dollup of the pesto on top and you’ll be amazed. You can add any vegetables you like-see what your garden has to offer.

Serves 6
Ingredients

Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves (freshly packed)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic(1 tsp), crushed
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese

Soup

  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, peeled and sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into 1/4-inch
  • 5-6 small new potatoes, skin on, cut in half and sliced into 1/4 inch
  • 1/4 lb button mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup green beans, tips cut off, then cut on diagonal into pieces
  • 3-4 spears asparagus, cut on diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1 small zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into 1/4-inch half -circles
  • 1 cup firmly packed spinach leaves (2 oz), cut into thin strips

FOR THE PESTO, place the basil, garlic, pine nuts, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Puree for 30 seconds and then scrape down the sides. With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil and keep pureeing until you have a nice paste-don’t worry if it’s not liquified, you want to see a few small pieces of basil and garlic. Scrape this mixture into a bowl and mix in the Parmesan cheese. Cover and refrigerate.

For the soup, bring the stock to a boil in a covered pot over high heat. Add the onion, carrot, potatoes, mushrooms, green beans, asparagus and salt and pepper-reduce the heat and simmer gently for 7 minutes.

Add the zucchini and spinach and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Serve each bowl of soup with a large spoonful of pesto.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS


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