Easy Lamb Vegetable Soup with Pesto

When the weather gets cold at the end of summer I make a big pot of my lamb vegetable soup recipe using as many different types of savory vegetables as I can manage. It’s a giant pot of comfort food that feeds a crowd or a family for a couple days, and it only gets better as time goes on.

Lamb Sausage Vegetable Soup with Black Walnut Pesto
Not your average lamb soup.

Lamb Vegetable Soup Ingredients

The most important part is the vegetables. You want a nice, big blend here, with as much variety as possible. For the best soup, you’ll have plenty of leftover veggie scraps, that you can save for another purpose. I use anything and everything I can find, but I always use the following, no matter when I make it.

Vegetables for soup
Ingredients for lamb soup: cauliflower, carrots, celery, cabbage, chard, potatoes, onions and garlic.


In a can, or dried is fine. I always try to include some of their cooking liquid too as it helps make a rich broth.


Here I use wild rice, but I also like wheatberries. If you use regular rice, or a grain that can get soft, consider adding it after the soup is finished to preserve the texture.

Leafy Greens

These are really important. Typically I add lacinato kale, but in the recipe pictured I used a blend of chard and broccoli leaves. I add the greens at the end of cooking and stir them in just long enough to wilt them to preserve their texture. The residual heat the soup keeps as it’s cooling is enough to cook them, and you will also cook them again by reheating.


Here I use lamb sausage, but meat stock, lamb bacon, or a lamb shank are great too, or just a pack of lamb stew meat. A little goes a long way, and this is a great place to stretch smaller amounts of meat.

Traditional lamb Italian sausage recipe
Lamb and fennel sausage are what I used for this particular soup

After the soup is cooked, I like to garnish it with a dollop of pesto. Here I used stinging nettle pesto with pumpkinseeds pesto, but you can use your favorite type. ramp leaf pesto is another favorite of mine. Pestos made with arugula or mustard greens are also good. Or, if you don’t feel like it, just garnish it with some parmesan and olive oil.

Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo, The Forager Chef



This recipe is by Chef Alan Bergo, the Forager Chef. A chef from Minnesota and author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora, Learn more about Chef Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at foragerchef.com. 

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Lamb Sausage Vegetable Soup with Black Walnut Pesto in a bowl.
Garnish the soup with a spoonful of pesto.

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Easy Lamb Vegetable Soup with Pesto

A rich, hearty soup made with lots of vegetables and chunks of lamb sausage or stew meat.
Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lamb Sausage, vegetable lamb soup, Vegetable soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 192kcal


  • 1 dutch oven or large soup pot


  • 1 lb lamb sausage see recipe
  • 4 oz diced carrot 2 small
  • 4 oz celery 2 ribs
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion 6 oz
  • 1 zucchini 8 oz
  • 10 oz diced cabbage 1/4 of a medium cabbage
  • 6 oz mixed greens cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 bunch chard or kale, etc
  • 2 oz chard stems optional
  • 8 oz cauliflower florets 1/2 a small head
  • 7 oz potato, peeled and diced 1 medium
  • 5 oz green beans large handful
  • 1 cup pureed canned peeled tomatoes or 4 T paste thinned in 1 cup water.
  • 9 cups water


  • In a large stock pot, cook the sausage in the oil until cooked through, breaking it up with a spoon. Add the onions and garlic and cook for two minutes more.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, except the chard or other greens, bring to a simmer, turn down the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and taste good to you.
  • Stir in the greens just to wilt them, season the soup to taste with salt until it tastes good to you. Seasoning the soup is very important, it is nothing to season, taste and adjust it multiple times.
  • Meanwhile, fill a sink half-full with cold water, then put the soup pot int the sink, uncovered, and allow to cool, refilling the sink with fresh, cold water as needed, until the soup is slightly colder than room temperature, this may take an hour or two.
  • Serve with a dollop of pesto.
  • The soup will improve in flavor over time.



Mix and match your favorite seasonal vegetables by weight. For example, if you don't have chard stems, you could add 2 oz or more of leftover butternut squash. 


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 358mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4087IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg