Courgette, pea & pesto soup

Courgette, pea & pesto soup

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(71 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

  • kcal206
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs19g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre9g
  • protein10g
  • salt1.09g
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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 cucurbit, 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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TeamCream's picture
20th Jun, 2020
A lovely light soup. I needed to use up two courgettes brought as a bag of three and all ready had all the other ingredients in my cupboard including the end of a jar of shop brought pesto. I also added a fresh chilli (with the chopped courgette at the first stage) chopped, half the seeds removed to add an extra kick and, again, just because I had it left over from another recipe. No need to blend. Followed the recipes as given. Would recommend.
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Lizzie Brisco
16th Jan, 2020
I really enjoyed this and so did my very sceptical partner. I blended half as suggested in comments to thicken slightly and have found it to be a healthy, filling and delicious soup. I doubled the garlic and pesto for extra flavour. Will definitely make again especially as unlike with a lot of soups it doesn't need to simmer for hours! Just be aware that pesto often isn't vegetarian before feeding it to veggie guests.
27th Sep, 2019
Great recipe for using up home grown courgettes. Like others, I like this soup best when liquidised. Even those who dislike courgettes, like this soup! So easy and quick to make! Freezes well.
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Berry Crumble
31st Aug, 2019
I underestimated how good this would taste from the recipe, I've made it 4 times this week! Can't recommend enough. Also you can use the overgrown courgettes and they don't effect the taste
11th Aug, 2019
One of the best soup recipes for a glut of courgettes. This will be made time and time again, one of the tastiest soups ever made (and I make a fair number, mostly without a written recipe). Try it, I urge you!
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
AmandaHK's picture
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.
EiliseOS's picture
31st Jul, 2017
Fantastic for a 5 minute soup! I added some celery and cooked macaroni and call it Green Minestrone Soup. Recommended!


7th Jan, 2018
What is a the KCal per portion for this soup? It doesnt say
goodfoodteam's picture
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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