Karen from 365 Days of Slow Cooking says this Slow Cooker Pesto Minestrone had her doing a happy dance around the kitchen, and when she shared some with her husband who was working at home that day, he asked for the leftovers to take to work for lunch the next day. And not only did the photos for this delicious-sounding soup make me drool, but once I read the recipe I could see why Karen and her husband liked it so much.
Karen made the soup with pork, but she says you can use other meats, or omit the meat entirely for a vegetarian soup. (I might use my favorite turkey Italian sausage.) Besides the generous amount of pesto, the soup also gets flavor from onions, mushrooms, green lentils, zucchini and Kale. And the recipe makes a generous eight servings, so you can enjoy leftovers the next day!
Ingredients for this CrockPot Recipe:
- olive oil
- pork loin (or other meat, or omit for meatless version)
- chicken bouillon
- green lentils
- ditalini pasta
- basil pesto
- Parmesan cheese (for topping)
Get complete instructions for Slow Cooker Pesto Minestrone from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Recommended Slow Cooker Size:
Karen used a 6 Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe.
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Hoisin Shredded Pork Sliders from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
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