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!
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!
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.
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).
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!
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
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.
- 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)
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.
Add chicken broth, tomatoes, green beans, thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste.
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.
Stir in gnocchi, cover and simmer until gnocchi are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in spinach and let wilt, about 1 minute.
Serve warm with parmesan and pesto over each serving.
For the pesto:
In a food processor pulse basil, parmesan, garlic and salt to taste until well minced. With processor running pour in olive oil.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy