{broccoli pesto soup}

Inspiration for my recipes usually comes from cook books, restaurants, and seasons. Sometimes inspiration  hits simply because I happen to have a certain ingredient on hand and I start to feel adventurous. 

During a routine freezer clean out, I noticed that we had a few bags of frozen broccoli on hand. One thing lead to another and the next thing I knew, I was enjoying the rainy weather with a steamy bowl of broccoli pesto soup. 

I used a jar of Trader Joe’s pesto that was hanging out in the fridge, and although it’s not 100% home made, I read the label and trust the ingredients. 

I hope you try this recipe out and, as always,  feel free to comment or ask questions if any steps don’t seem clear to you. 

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{broccoli pesto soup}
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 large yellow onion- diced
  3. 1 Cup shredded carrot
  4. 18 oz. frozen broccoli florets
  5. 4 Cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
  6. 1/4 Cup store bought pesto (read the ingredients, makes sure it's all natural and high quality)
  7. salt and pepper to tast
  8. Optional toppings: cheddar cheese, chives, siracha!
Instructions
  1. Dice the onions and set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  3. Add the onions to the pot and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the carrots and cook an additional 8-10 minutes…at this point, add 1 teaspoon of salt to draw out the water from the onions.
  5. Once the onions are translucent and starting to turn brown, add the broccoli and the broth, cover the pot, and cook until the broccoli is tender..about 15 minutes.
  6. If you had an immersion blender (aka stick blender) use it to blend the soup, right in the pot, into a smooth consistency.
  7. If you don't have a stick blender, pour the soup in a regular blender in small batches and blend until smooth (do this very carefully, you don't want hot liquid spraying everywhere!).
  8. If you used a regular blender, return the soup to the pot and add the pesto and stir.
  9. Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Serve up a bowl and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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