Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan


Oh my oh my could it get any colder outside?? But this oh so delicious Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan is here to save the bitter cold day!

Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan

This soup is packed with nutritious veggies, it’s super tasty (thanks to that fresh pesto!) and it’s easy to make. So in other words all around dinner win!

I’m craving it all over again just looking at it!


Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan

To give you an idea of taste, just think about your favorite minestrone then adding fresh pesto and gnocchi to that.

I mean why didn’t I think of this before! Upgrade upon upgrade to one of my favorite kinds of soup! I’m totally a minestrone and vegetable soup lover.

Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan

But I have to find ways to make them super tasty otherwise my husband could care less because he’s not a vegetable soup kind of guy.

He’s a big time meat eater but if I can make it taste good enough and make it hearty enough he’s willing to happily skip the meat. (You know without stopping buy a local burger shop after dinner).

Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan

So this is a soup the whole family will love, as long as your kids aren’t terrified of “green stuff.”

One of my kids has gone through that “EWWWW what’s that gross green stuff?” phase and still is a little but we always get through it with the reminder of no dessert after dinner :).

Speaking of I’ve been making healthy desserts lately, can you believe it?? But I’ve actually been enjoying them. I’ll have to share a recipe or two soon!

Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan

I hope you are staying warm and cozy and enjoying the new year, and of course I hope you love this soup!

Good food makes life so much more enjoyable. Or maybe that’s just me because I care about food waaaaay too much :).


Gnocchi Vegetable Soup with Pesto and Parmesan

5 from 2 votes

A hearty minestrone style soup with an upgrade of gnocchi and homemade pesto, in other words it's perfectly delicious! Just what you need on a cold winter day - or even a warm summer day when you have an abundance of fresh summer produce to use up. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups diced yellow onion (1 small)
  • 1 cup cup diced carrots (about 3 medium)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 medium)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen cut Italian green beans
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups halved and sliced zucchini (about 1 medium)
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg. potato gnocchi (mini or regular)
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup Finely shredded parmesan cheese, for serving


  • 1 1/3 cups (packed, 40g) fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tbsp finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 tsp minced garlic (1 small)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (extra-virgin or regular)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery and saute 7 minutes, add garlic and saute 2 more. 

  2. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, green beans, thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. 

  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then add in zucchini, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until veggies are almost fully tender, about 12 - 15 minutes. 

  4. Stir in gnocchi, cover and simmer until gnocchi are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in spinach and let wilt, about 1 minute. 

  5. Serve warm with parmesan and pesto over each serving.

For the pesto:

  1. In a food processor pulse basil, parmesan, garlic and salt to taste until well minced. With processor running pour in olive oil. 

  2. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • Wendy: Made this tonight. Used cavatelli instead of gnocchi and kale instead of spinach because I had to use up some kale. I put the kale in with the zucchini because I think kale is tougher than spinach. Loved it!!!!! Thank you for his recipe. Yours is the only food blog I follow. I don’t love to cook but you make it less painful????. I can always rely on you for yummy recipes that I can cook. January 18, 2018 at 3:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve been enjoying my blog Wendy! I really appreciate your comment :)! Thanks for letting me know and thanks for leaving a review! January 20, 2018 at 11:40am Reply

  • Deb M.: Made this tonight as part of weekly cheat meal. It is delicious! Love your website. January 13, 2018 at 8:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you thought this soup was delicious Deb! And I’m so happy to hear you love my site, thanks for letting me know :)! January 13, 2018 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Brittany: I love all your recipes, everything is always so delicious!!

    Is there any chance you could make or add to your list Creamy Baked Potato Soup. That’s my favorite soup and I know if you made it then it would be my go to recipe for it!!

    Thanks for all your hardwork!! January 8, 2018 at 5:53pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: So beautiful and so perfect for these cold winter nights! January 8, 2018 at 5:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Laura! January 8, 2018 at 8:17pm Reply

  • Chloe (Musings on Dinner): I absolutely live off soup at work during the winter months (blessed are we who have a microwave and an office door that closes!) so I will bear this one in mind. I love minestrone January 8, 2018 at 3:08pm Reply

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