After gazing into my fridge for a few minutes, I decided to make this yummy Pesto Vegetable Soup with the mishmash of ingredients I had on hand.
If you ever find yourself with a little of this and a little of that, toss them into a soup. This soup is delish, and helps to keep you warm and cozy.
This vegan vegetable soup is chock full of gorgeous chunks of vegetables, which are sooooo important for you to eat on a daily basis. And what a delicious way to get those veggies inside your belly.
Also making an appearance is barley, which is a chewy whole grain that is packed with fiber. Fiber is superbly important for good intestinal health as it helps to move things along IF you know what I mean. If your tummy is bulging out, you need more fiber! And water!
Note the barley is pre-soaked for easier digestion and nutrient absorption.
These ingredients, plus a little onion, garlic, tomato, and chunks of seitan are all floating in a pesto-flavored veggie broth.
Ooooh, you're going to love this one! It will likely find a place among your go-to soups for the season.
But remember, soups aren't an exact science. If you don't have one ingredient, then just leave it out. Or substitute it with another ingredient you have on hand. You can do no wrong.
Pesto Vegetable Soup
Have Ready: 1/2 cup pesto
6 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups barley, pre-soaked overnight or at leat 4-6 hours
4 medium carrots, diced
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 small russet potato (or potato of choice), diced
1/4 - 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup seitan, coarsely chopped
1 tomato, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1-2 Tablespoons organic Tamari soy sauce
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring veggie broth and pre-soaked barley to a boil. Add carrots, sweet potato, russet potato, onion, garlic, seitan, and tomato. Cover, and simmer over low heat until barley is tender (it will be chewy, but not hard). This should take about 30-40 minutes. Feel free to add more vegetable broth to desired soup thickness.
Add prepared pesto, nutritional yeast, Tamari, lemon juice, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper until warmed throughout.
BOOM! You're done.
Now, wasn't that easy? :)