Vegan Soup

Prep Time:

30 Minutes

Cook Time:

20 Minutes

Serves:

4 Servings

About the Recipe

Do you sometimes yearn for a soup that has something you can bite in to and enjoy a variety of textures?

This almost broth like soup packs it all in. From the beans to the courgette you've got it all.

Even better? It's packed to the rim of your bowl full of healthy fiber and fats, vitamins & minerals

Ingredients

For the pesto

  • 25g/1oz fresh basil leaves

  • 25g/1oz spinach, watercress and rocket salad

  • 25g/1oz skin-on almonds, roughly chopped

  • ½ garlic clove, peeled

  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice

  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ tsp flaked sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

For the soup

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced

  • 1 courgette, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 400g tin borlotti beans, drained and rinsed

  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 900ml/1½ pint vegetable stock, made with 1 vegan stock cube

Preparation

  1. First make the pesto. Put all the pesto ingredients in a food processor and blend until it forms a vibrant green paste with a little crunch. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Set aside.

  2. To make the soup, heat the oil in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole and gently fry the onion, celery, courgette and carrots for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for a few seconds more, stirring.

  3. Tip the beans into the pan, add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, then adjust the seasoning to taste and ladle into bowls.

  4. Top with spoonfuls of the basil pesto to serve.