With autumn already here and winter quickly approaching. Its really nice to have a warm comforting bowl of soup to get you through those cold winter days. Whats so special about this soup is the addition of the fresh pesto which lifts the soup up quite a new level of deliciousness! Its also very quick and cheap to make too. You can vary it by adding whatever green vegetables you have lurking around in the fridge.
1 onion peeled and finely diced 4 sticks celery finely chopped 1 large carrot peeled and finely chopped
1 courgette diced
1 handful french beans 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped 1 cup of frozen peas 1 ltr of chicken or vegetable stock
For the pesto: Blitz together a handful of basil, with 1 clove of garlic and 1/4 cup olive oil. Add the 40g grated parmesan, season and reserve.
To make the soup.Sweat the carrot,onion and celery in a pan with a little olive oil for 5 minutes then add the courgette and garlic and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Pour over the stock and bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Add the peas and beans and cook for another 5 minutes. remove from the heat season. Pour into bowls add a spoonful of the pesto and serve with crusty bread. Serves 4
Cooks note: you can alter the vegetables according to the season.