- Prep Time
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 cup orzo
- 2 small or 1 medium zucchini, finely chopped
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/3 pound green beans, cut into thirds (a generous handful)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 32 ounce container (4 cups) chicken broth
- 4 scallions, chopped
- 1 cup basil leaves
- 2/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese (a couple generous handfuls)
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1/4 cup tarragon leaves
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 clove garlic, halved
- 2 teaspoons grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
- Crusty bread, for passing around the table
In a deep skillet or soup pot, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the orzo and toast for 2 minutes. Add the zucchini, tomatoes and green beans; season with salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the wine and boil for 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the scallions and cook until the orzo is al dente, about 3 minutes.
While the soup is working, in a food processor, puree the basil, cheese, parsley, tarragon, pine nuts, garlic, lemon peel and lemon juice. Scrape down the sides and then, with the motor running, pour in the remaining 1/3 cup EVOO. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a small bowl.
Divide the soup among 4 bowls and stir in some pesto. Serve with the bread.