This was so good! I had to improvise a bit since I did not have everything in the kitchen, but still was outstanding. I did not have pesto, zucchini or Cannellini beans so I left them out and did not miss them. I only had pork sausage, which I added close to a 1lb., 1/4 cup does not seem like enough.
This soup is fabulous! I've made it 3 times and it is always a winner with my husband and son. I did not use the pesto, but I can tell you that it's great without it!
If I could give this recipe 10 stars, I would. Super easy to make & with little kids, I don't have time to chop up everything & do a ton of dishes so I threw all of it into the crockpot. I only made a few changes because I wanted to empty out my freezer. We skipped the pesto & Parmesan completely. Added a cup of frozen turkey (leftover from Christmas)- cut up into small pieces, chicken would work well too. Instead of zucchini, I just put an entire box of frozen spinach in. I also chopped up the celery, carrots, garlic, & onion together in a food processor - easy to hide the veggies from the kids that way. Threw about 2 cups of uncooked bowtie noodles in & cooked on low for 5 hours. My kids thought it was as good as Olive Garden's minestrone!