Vegetable noodle soup with homemade pesto

Vegetable noodle soup with homemade pesto

Vegetable noodle soup with homemade pesto

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2-4 portions
Making a delicious and comforting soup full of nutritious vegetables is a wonderful thing to do no matter what season it is! This soup is a variation on the French "soupe au pistou", a simple vegetable soup with pesto added. And boy, does the pesto in this recipe taste like spring, thanks to a handful of fresh basil. The addition of almonds and hemp seeds gives it a great texture. You can replace the almonds with the nut of your choice, but stick with the hemp seeds, as they're an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Just 30 grams of hemp seeds provides a whopping 11 grams of complete protein! This pesto will become a must-have in your fridge. It's a fantastic addition to pasta and sandwiches, and when you try it in a simple vegetable soup? Is life-changing too much of a hyperbole? We'll let you decide.

Ingredients

The soup

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • Freshly ground sea salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pasta of your choice (you can also use gluten-free pasta, rice or quinoa)

Basil, hemp and almond pesto

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup PRANA organic raw European almonds 
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 2 tbsp PRANA organic shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onion and celery. Cut the zucchini in half length-wise and then cut into half-rounds.
  3. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil and brown the vegetables until the onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, and season with salt and pepper. Let simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  5. While the soup is simmering, prepare the pesto by mixing all the ingredients together in a food processor.
  6. Add the pesto to the soup and mix, then add the pasta.
  7. Serve, and garnish with more fresh herbs if desired.

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