Green Pesto Minestrone

with orzo, green peas and spinach
With orzo, green peas and spinach
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2 tbsp Olive oil
1 Onion large, finely chopped
2 stalks Celery finely chopped
Salt to taste
6 cups Vegetable stock 1.4 l
4 tbsp Lemon juice from about 2 small lemons
1 tbsp Lemon zest
6 oz Orzo pasta 170 g
5 oz Green peas 140 g, frozen
8 oz Spinach 230 g, frozen
2 oz Pesto 50 g, homemade or store-bought
4 tbsp Parmesan cheese 60 g, or vegetarian alternative, grated

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Green Pesto Minestrone


This vibrant Green Pesto Minestrone is a delicious take on a classic Italian vegetable soup. It’s easy to prepare and calls on many staples you might already have in your fridge and pantry. Each bowl is swirled with homemade (or your favorite store-bought) pesto and topped with a generous helping of Parmesan cheese to create the perfect fresh and healthy bowl of soup.

The cooking is painless and fast. Sauté the onions and celery in olive oil. Add the vegetable stock, lemon juice and zest, and bring to a simmer. Then stir in the orzo pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Add the frozen green peas and spinach and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, swirl in the pesto and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Serve in bowls topped with a pile of grated Parmesan and crusty bread on the side. Enjoy!

To make the Green Pesto Minestrone, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Green Pesto Minestrone

Steps to make Green Pesto Minestrone


Cook onions and celery


In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and add 1 finely chopped onion, 2 finely chopped celery stalks and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.


Add vegetable stock, lemon juice and zest, and orzo


Add 6 cups vegetable stock, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, and season with salt to taste. Bring to a simmer. Stir in 6 ounces orzo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.


Add green peas and spinach


Add 5 ounces green peas and 8 ounces spinach and cook for another 5 mins.


Add pesto


Swirl in 2 ounces green pesto. Taste and add more salt if needed.



To serve, ladle the soup into 4 bowls and top each bowl with a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.

Give this Green Pesto Minestrone a try and be sure to let us know what you think! It’s vibrant, healthy, and easy to prepare. Finish each bowl off with a generous helping of Parmesan, and you’ll have the perfect bowl of soup for dinner!

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It’s bursting with green goodness.Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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