My Dog Can’t See, Also Spring Veggie Soup

I’m slightly suspicious that the family dog Pluto can’t see…

Pooooooor Pluto!

His fetching skills seem a bit off. “A little to the right Pluto,” I yell. To the left poor Pluto goes. Puppy school didn’t teach him right from left. His hairstyle certainly isn’t helping.

He seems to be using his sniffing skills more than ever. Just now he bumped right into my leg after sniffing after me. “Oh there you are” he seemed to say after his fur-covered head bumped right into my calf. Good work, Sherlock.

When he looks at me, all I see is his little nose. His brown eyes are hidden in a tangle of white curly fur.

He is in luck though. Spring is here and he no longer needs his warm, winter coat to brave the snowy minnesota winter. To the groomer we go!

Speaking of spring, how ’bout a good spring soup chock full of tons of fresh spring veggies? It’s the perfect soup for those kinda-cool, kinda-warm spring days when you are looking for something kinda-tasty. If you too have been neglecting your winter mane, head to the groomer first before making this soup. I can’t imagine trying to chop vegetables with all that fur in your eyes. Poooooor Pluto!

Spring Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto 
Source: Martha Stewart
Printable Recipe

For the Pesto:
2 cloves garlic
2C fresh basil
1/4C parmesan cheese (optional)
2T olive oil
salt, pepper

For the soup:
1 can white beans (navy or other), drained nad rinsed
1 bay leaf
1tsp fresh thyme, chopped finely
2 medium leeks, diced and rinsed
2 medium carrots, doced
1 medium potato (~8oz), peeled and cubed
1lb plum tomatoes, cubed
4C low-sodium veggie broth
4oz green beans, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small zucchini, cubed
1C fresh or frozen peas

To make pesto: Add garlic, basil, cheese, and oil into food processor. Process until combined. Taste. Add salt and pepper if desired.

To make the soup: Bring 2C water and 4C broth to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Add bayleaf and thyme. Add leeks, carrots, and tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes, until veggies are tender. Add green beans and zucchini. Cook for 20 minutes. Add peas and cook for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaf. Garnish individual bowl with heaping spoonful of pesto.

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