Courgette, pea & pesto soup

Courgette, pea & pesto soup

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(49 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
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

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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12th Dec, 2018
Great recipe. Took a bit longer to cook than stated but not much more. Really delicious and comforting, the pesto make is. I blended my soup as I prefer it that way.
28th Oct, 2018
Simple and delicious
11th Sep, 2018
Me and Hubby love this soup and so quick and easy to make. Did stick blend about half to thicken up. Unfortunately, both kids dislike courgette (unless as small chunks in a bolognaise/chilli) and in spite of all the lovely flavours, they really did not like the courgette in this. I will either substitute the courgette next time (not sure with what yet) or not ladel any of the chunks of courgette into the kids bowls.
10th Sep, 2018
So simple to make but delicious and hearty. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner after a long day.
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31st Jul, 2017
Fantastic for a 5 minute soup! I added some celery and cooked macaroni and call it Green Minestrone Soup. Recommended!
Miss Floopster
7th Apr, 2017
Loved this soup, very tasty and will definitely make this again.
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24th Jan, 2016
Pleasant soup. Very thin and broth-like, as the picture suggests, but nice and fresh tasting.
10th Nov, 2015
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.
24th Apr, 2015
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 !
28th Mar, 2015
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


7th Jan, 2018
What is a the KCal per portion for this soup? It doesnt say
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8th Jan, 2018
Thanks for your question, the nutritional figures are under the recipe description at the top. This one is 200kcal per portion and this recipe makes 4 portions.
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