Courgette, pea & pesto soup

Courgette, pea & pesto soup

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(61 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 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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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
6th Mar, 2015
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.
8th May, 2017
Just add stronger stock
29th Oct, 2014
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!
29th Sep, 2014
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.
17th Sep, 2014
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)
4th Aug, 2014
I love when you actually have a soup that fills you up, I have made this one many times :D
27th May, 2014
greeeeeeeeat soup and super fast


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