Courgette, Rocket and Pea Soup
This deliciously fresh and super green soup I’m happy to say is made from nearly all just picked ingredients from the garden or Andy’s dads allotment. It came about as I came home to find the most enormous courgette I’ve ever seen (and round!) in the kitchen. Clearly the only thing to be done was to make some soup; however as I didn’t have many other ingredients some creatively was called for.
So, some spring onions, rocket and basil from the garden and some organic frozen peas for some protein, sweetness and to make the soup more substantial.
I’m really pleased with the result; delicious and super healthy. Yay!
I don’t know about you but I used to be slightly nervous about making soup – I’ve really got no idea why as they are the easiest things to make ever as you just can’t go too far wrong if you start with onions, garlic and veg stock as a base and then use one key veg. For example; tomatoes, butternut squash, carrots, peas, courgette, sweet potato, parsnip, broccoli and then add in lots of herbs and season really well. I always like to add in some pulses, beans, nut butter, tahini or seeds for protein, texture and crunch.
- 6 spring onions roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp oilive oil
- 3 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 huge courgette (like mine) or 8 regular ones chopped into small chunks
- Organic veg stock in 1.5 pints boiling water
- 2 cups rocket
- 2 cups organic frozen peas
- Handful basil
- Sea salt and pepper
- Optional toppings; pumpkin seeds, more peas added in at the end, squeeze lemon juice, spoonful of tahini.
- Add the sping onions to a large saucepan with the oil and cook on a medium heat until the onions are soft. Add in the garlic and cook for a further 30 seconds then add the courgette.
- Fry for 2-3 minutes to soften a little then add in the veg stock.
Simmer for 5-6 minutes then add in the rocket, peas and basil. Cook for a further minute or two until the rocket has wilted and the peas are cooked.
- Blitz the soup with a food processor or hand blender until smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Great topped with a handful of peas, pumpkin seeds, squeeze of lemon juice and a swirl of tahini.