Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto is an easy summer vegetable soup recipe packed with veggies and topped with homemade pesto sauce!

Pesto vegetable soup in white bowl

I just got back from a visit to Boston a few days ago, and it was a wonderful trip.  My husband and I went without the kids, which was a special treat.  It was nice and relaxing, with no agenda whatsoever. 

Crazily enough, we exercised too, because our idea of a good day is one that includes some form of activity.  Who wouldn’t want to run along the Charles River? 

All I can say is I needed the exercise, because I ate my way through the city. ๐Ÿ™‚  We spent a lot of time in Cambridge, and visited Grafton Street Pub and Grill, Cafe Crema, First Printer, and Russell Tavern.  I would visit all of these restaurants again and again if I lived nearby!

Pesto Vegetable Soup in white bowl

I could seriously live in the North End, which is loaded with some of the best Italian restaurants and bakeries I’ve ever been to.  At Trattoria Il Panino, you can get a huge fresh lobster dinner with handmade pasta and roasted cherry tomato sauce for $3o.  That’s unheard of on the west coast!  It just so happened that St. Anthony’s Feast was going on in the North End when we were there, as well as Restaurant Week, so it was very special for a food lover like me.  Terramia Ristorante had a nice prix fixed menu for Restaurant Week, and every single thing we ate was delicious.  Short rib ravioli, Ossobuco with sweet potato polenta…so delicious.  The exercise really helped me, or I wouldn’t have been able to zip up my pants.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have to talk bakeries now.  In the North End, Mike’s Pastries is famous and always crowded.  They have everything you can imagine and more.  I was completely overwhelmed, so much so that I left without getting anything.  Crazy!  It was just too crowded.  Bova’s Bakery and Modern Pastry were delicious with smaller desserts that didn’t look like they would leave me feeling weighed down. Cookies, fruit tarts — whatever your heart desires!  I hit Yogurt Park plenty, too.

Pesto vegetable soup in bowl with spoon

The bottom line to all of this talk about my food adventures in Boston is that, as much as I loved the food, by the last day of my trip I was feeling weighed down and the need to get back to my normal eating routine.  

I needed to detox –and fast — so I made a big, giant pot of this summer vegetable soup.  This soup is fresh, clean, and comforting, and was just what I needed to welcome myself back home.

Take whatever shortcuts you need for this soup.  I cut some corn off the cob, but you could certainly use frozen corn to save some time.  I didn’t have any of my Basil Pesto Sauce made, so I used bottled.  

The dollop of pesto is a must in this summer vegetable soup!  Stir it all in, and get a big bite of vegetables with that fresh basil pesto flavor.  Sprinkle the soup with grated parmesan, and you have one satisfying bowl of soup that leaves you feeling good.  

It’s summer in a bowl. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vegetable soup with pesto on top

More vegetarian soup recipes you’ll love:

Carrot ginger soup

Dairy free corn chowder by Cook Nourish Bliss

Instant pot vegetable soup

Mushroom barley soup

White bean and kale soup

Yield: 8 cups of soup

Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto

Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto

Summer Vegetable Soup with Pesto is an easy summer vegetable soup recipe packed with veggies and topped with homemade pesto sauce!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 2 medium zucchini, halved and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh corn
  • (1) 15 ounce can of white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • Parmesan cheese rind
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and garlic, and saute for 8-10 minutes or until onion is translucent and carrot is slightly tender. Add the bell pepper, zucchini, and corn, and saute 3 minutes longer.
  2. While the vegetables cook, place 1/2 cup white beans in a bowl with about a tablespoon of water, and mash with a fork. Add the whole beans, mashed beans, spinach, broth, and parmesan cheese rind to the pot and stir. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer 15 more minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and remove the parmesan cheese rind. Stir in the lemon juice, and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls and garnish with a dollop of pesto and grated parmesan. Enjoy!


  • Use frozen corn if fresh corn isn't available. Store bought pesto is a lifesaver, too!
  • Summer vegetable soup is easily customizable with whatever veggies you have on hand.
  • I like my soup with less liquid, so if you like more, add 1-2 cups more of water or broth.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information does not include the pesto sauce as it's included in another post.

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