Minestrone Recipe – Another Easy & Delicious Crock Pot Recipe

Minestrone is easy to make, and there are a ton of recipes out there with different ingredients.  I don’t know that there’s anything spectacularly different about this one but I love it, and wanted to put it out there.  Feel free to play around with the types of veggies and amounts.  The basil pesto topping is a MUST!  You can find that recipe in Recipes on this site, or in the Forks Over Knives Cookbook.

Amazing Basil Pesto! Oil and Cheese Free, Still Rich and Creamy!

Even though I have a gazillion vegan/vegetarian cookbooks, I don’t refer to them too often.  I have this thing about feeling like I have to create the recipes myself.  Whatever.  Anyway, last night I made my minestrone (I guess I should post that recipe too), but I wanted a pesto to top it off.  Prepared pestos and recipes for them contain lots of olive oil, cheese and nuts.  Well, this recipe, created by Del Sroufe – author of the Forks Over Knives Cookbook – ROCKS!  No oil, no cheese, and fewer pine nuts than traditional recipes.  It came out so creamy, so rich, you would NEVER know it didn’t have the traditional ingredients.  I haven’t tried it but you can leave the nuts out, and use lite silken tofu, to make it even lower in fat.  I seriously licked the blade of the food processor like I’d just made cookies.  Ridiculous. If you like pesto, try this recipe!! You won’t be sorry!