When I made this dish, I was cleaning out my fridge and had no intention of doing a recipe for the blog but it turned out to be so delicious I had to grab my camera before chowing down. I would call this `Cleaning Out The Fridge and Save a Bunch of Money Soup` but then no one would be able to find it on Google and heaven knows we have to pay attention to our search engine optimization!
I found bits and pieces of tomatoes, carrots, pasta, onions, celery, red peppers, leftover chicken and some fresh herbs in the fridge and I remembered that I had recently purchased some soup mix that I used in this recipe last January when I was doing a budget series. It contains dried barley, green split peas, green whole peas, yellow whole peas, black beans, romano beans, brown lentils, yellow split peas, and red lentils. Now if I had remembered about the barley, I wouldn`t have tossed in the pasta as well, but heck, it sure tasted good!
I would love to say that I made the pesto but I bought it on sale just before Christmas. They were selling them at 2 jars for $1.00 so I picked up a few and then realized when I got home that they expire on January 15th! Oh well, it was worth it for this deliciously different soup.
I have a Chicken and Spinach Soup with Pesto (another recipe where I need to re-take the photos, lol) that I make with pesto and I find that it adds an unexpected depth to the soup and you find yourself craving more each time you have it.
One of the great things about eating healthy is that there is an endless number of soups, salads and snacks you can create when you have fresh produce in your fridge. Take some time and really look at what`s in there and let your imagination go wild. I`d love to hear what you have created with leftovers. I`ll definitely be making chicken vegetable soup again.
There were really no measurements to this recipe as I just tossed whatever I found into the pot but you can follow THIS one for guidelines to your own delectable creation. Cheers!