Simple White Bean And Pesto Soup from Serious Eats
This is about as simple a soup as you can make. If you use store bought pesto, it's even simpler. With a food processor though, making your own pesto is virtually effortless, and much much cheaper. Either way, you can freeze any leftover pesto if you don't have immediate plans for it.
Served with some sourdough or whole-grain toast, it's just right for lunch or a light dinner. It isn't the heartiest of soups, but it has loads of flavor and is surprisingly filling. And the best part... It couldn't be simpler if it tried.
My notes: Used one TJ's 4 oz. container of fresh basil. Added 1/4 cup of walnuts and one extra garlic clove to the pesto. Used homemade vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. Used pre-cooked white beans from the freezer. Added a large piece of Romano cheese rind to the soup while it was cooking. Used 2 heaping Tblsp of the pesto in the soup instead of just one. Put remaining pesto in a small jar, and poured a layer of olive oil on top before freezing. Ladled the soup into freezer containers, labeled and stored in freezer.