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Yes, I did use beef broth in this vegetable soup. Oh yeah, and bacon! But it’s healthy because it has a ton of vegetables.
1. Pour beef broth into slow cooker and put on highest setting (if your slow cooker settings are by hours, then use the least amount of hours). Throw in leeks, carrots, celery, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Stir a few times and then cover, let it cook for 3 hours.
2. Make the pesto mixture by placing basil leaves, garlic and Parmesan cheese in a food processor; slowly pour in olive oil as you pulse the mixture until smooth. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Put the pesto mixture in the refrigerator for now.
3. After slow cooker has been going for 3 hours, start cooking the chopped bacon in a medium skillet on medium-high until bacon is brown and crispy. Put bacon, mushrooms, zucchinis, beans, and pesto in and give a quick stir. Cover the soup and let it cook for another 45 minutes (still on the high setting).
This soup is great topped off with Parmesan. Enjoy!
These chicken noodle bowls are loosely based on Pho, a dish my husband and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our friends’ house. They do a traditional Vietnamese recipe with beef. The dish has a flavorful beef broth, topped with fresh aromatics and vegetables.
I decided to make this version for my husband who has been sick all weekend with a terrible cold. The ginger root provides a homeopathic element to the broth.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!