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Spring vegetable soup with basil pesto

Spring vegetable soup with basil pesto

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  • Preparation and cooking time
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  • Easy
  • Serves 2

A former magazine cover star, this satisfying soup is special enough for entertaining and easy enough to size down

  • Easily doubled
  • Easily halved
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: per serving


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 leeks , washed and chopped
  • 100g green bean , cut into lengths
  • 1 large courgette , diced
  • 1.2l hot vegetable stock
  • 3 vine-ripe tomatoes , deseeded and chopped
  • 400g can cannellini bean
  • 1 nest vermicelli (about 35g)

For the pesto

  • 25g pack basil
  • 1 garlic clove , crushed
  • 25g pistachio nuts
  • 25g vegetarian parmesan -style cheese, (we used Twyneham Grange, available from Sainsbury’s)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oil, then fry the leek until softened. Add the green beans and courgette, then pour in the stock and season to taste. Cover and simmer for 5 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, make the pesto: put the basil, garlic, nuts, Parmesan, oil and ½ tsp salt in a food processor, then blitz until smooth.

  • STEP 3

    Stir the tomatoes, cannellini beans and vermicelli into the soup pan, then simmer for 5 mins more until the veg are just tender. The soup and pesto can now be chilled for up to a day.

  • STEP 4

    Reheat the soup, if necessary, then stir in half the pesto. Ladle into bowls and serve with the rest of the pesto spooned on top. Eat with chunks of crusty bread.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2007

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