Courgette, pea & pesto soup

Courgette, pea & pesto soup

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Enjoy this super healthy soup when you want a comforting but low-calorie lunch - rich in fibre, vitamin C and folic acid

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal200
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre8g
  • protein12g
  • salt1.05g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 500g courgettes, quartered lengthways and chopped



    The courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 200g frozen peas
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • 1l hot vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto, or vegetarian alternative



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Cook the garlic for a few seconds, then add the courgettes and cook for 3 mins until they start to soften. Stir in the peas and cannellini beans, pour on the hot stock and cook for a further 3 mins.

  2. Stir the pesto through the soup with some seasoning, then ladle into bowls and serve with crusty brown bread, if you like. Or pop in a flask to take to work.

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Comments (43)

jfowler12's picture

Pleasant soup. Very thin and broth-like, as the picture suggests, but nice and fresh tasting.

nickiharrington's picture

Really nice soup and so easy!

I added a bit more garlic too and some plain yoghurt at the end. Will definitely make this again.

gerrybeans's picture

This is so simple and a beautiful dish to have coming home after a busy day at work.The beans act as a protein source and yet rich in starchy carbohydrate/high in fibre due to the mixture of veg. Tasty and well balanced nutritious delight. Yet not boring due to the flavour of the pesto !

catie74's picture

Lovely. I use knorr liquid chicken stock instead of vegetable stock and like it quite strong. Kids love this too which is great as far as I'm concerned

maryyoung's picture

Sorry but this is the first good food recipe I would not recommend. Followed the recipe to the letter and it was tasteless so I cooked it for longer to try to let the flavours infuse - still tasteless. Had a sandwich instead.

littleme09's picture

So delicious! I wanted something quick and nutritious for my lunches and this fits the bill perfectly. I made it yesterday and it only took me 20 mins from start to finish. I've frozen 3 batches for the rest of the week and I'm really looking forward to having it again!

catmeena's picture

Great way of using up courgettes, so fast and very tasty. I was surprised to be honest! Next time I'll try with more garlic, and add some spring onions at the very end.

Amyfoodie's picture

Very tasty and filling. Followed the recipe exactly and made my own pesto from another recipe on this side (which was very easy and quick)

spiridussha's picture

greeeeeeeeat soup and super fast

MummyAH's picture

Really lovely soup, impressed with how nice and only a few simple ingredients. Def takes longer than the time given in recipe. I blitzed mine a bit just so not as watery. I would use a bit less stock next time and try with butter beans too as per recommendations.I also added a dollop of creme fraiche on top when serving

ifeyinwa00's picture

The soup is a nice idea but I had to add some extra salt, vegetable stock granules and fresh basil. Other than that it was a very tasty - light lunch! Goes lovely with seeded bread.

rosievimes's picture

A really tasty and quick soup to make, I've just made a batch to take for lunch this week. I agree that once the stock has been added it needs a little longer than 3mins to cook through properly. Would be 5 stars, but I prefer my soups to have a slightly thicker consistency, this is more of a vegetable broth in style.

catie74's picture

Try blending half of it and mixing the 2. It will make it thicker

Emsj9's picture

Just made this Very easy and quick dish QUITE NICE but 2tbs of pesto a bit too much for my liking also i think the courgettes should be cooked a bit longer than 3 minutes other then that nice

gumdrops's picture

Absolutely delicious!! With added bonus that it's all in one pan, and super quick and easy to make. Followed the recipe exactly and the veggies have a satisfying crunch to them, plus it looks gorge when served. One of the best recipes I've found here - thanks so much.

cst203's picture

Had no beans but put in some chilli's with the garlic at the beginning and it was delicious!

wildmiffy's picture

I thought this tasted delicious and was filling yet felt very healthy. I felt that the pesto added a lot of good flavour, and i also really liked the beans in it too.

maartjevdm's picture

I found this soup to be a bit bland eventhough I added garlic and extra pesto, perhaps pureed with some cream of sorts it would be better, but as it is it is healthy and the taste is ok but just nothing great or special about it

missdental's picture

Had a freebie (giant) courgette from a friends allotment so thought I'd give this recipe a try and I must say, I'm glad I did as its absolutely delicious. Next recipe with the leftover courgette will be the cake loaf, fingers crossed this turns out as tasty :)


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