Hassle-free, delicious beef stew. Soak dried beans overnight, spend a few minutes mixing ingredients in the morning, and come home to a hearty meal in the evening.
Cover beans with water in large bowl. Cover and soak overnight in refrigerator. Reserve seasoning packet.
Drain beans; rinse and pick over to remove any grit or shriveled and broken beans. Place beans, beef, broth, water and contents of seasoning packet in 4-1/2 to 5-1/2-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours or on LOW 6 to 7 hours or until beans are tender and beef is fork-tender. (No stirring is necessary during cooking.)
Stir in pesto; mix well. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve topped with additional pesto, if desired.