Courgette, pea & pesto soup

Courgette, pea & pesto soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
200
protein
12g
carbs
21g
fat
8g
saturates
2g
fibre
8g
sugar
7g
salt
1.05g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 500g courgettes, quartered lengthways and chopped
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1l hot vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto, or vegetarian alternative

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2011

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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
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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
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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 :)

mrsroe's picture
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Lovely. It looks really watery when you ladle it into bowls, but it tastes gorgeous. Make sure you have some good bread for all that juice! I think I'll try adding some cooked shredded chicken next time.

nuskin's picture
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Lovely soup.

kellyclark77's picture
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Very quick and simple. Nice and comforting

carlisc's picture

First time I made this I followed the recipe exactly, it was lovely but I found the beans became a bit mushing when reheating. Now I don't cook the beans just add them after the other ingredients are done and it's perfect. I do think the pesto makes it (if you like pesto of course).

nzjanie's picture
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Beautiful, healthy soup. I also blended mine as I'm not that keen on chunky soup. Became a lovely spring green colour. This would make a lovely dinner party starter too.

beautifuleating22's picture
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Made this last night. Just come in from a long day at work and had a bowl full of this beautiful soup. Put two portions in the freezer to look forward too.

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