Summer minestrone

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes

Serves: 6 as a starter or 2-4 as a main

Ingredients

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus a drizzle to serve
1 small onion, finely diced
1 leek, finely diced
1 stick celery, finely diced
100g frozen baby broad beans
2 courgettes, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
500ml chicken or vegetable stock
200g asparagus tips, halved
75g frozen peas
400g can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
4 tbsp fresh green pesto with basil
Finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano, to serve
Handful of basil leaves, to serve
Crusty bread, to serve
 

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion, leek and celery, and cook for 8 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, cook the broad beans in a pan of boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and squeeze from their skins. Add the courgettes and garlic to the onions, and cook gently for 3 minutes. Pour in the stock and 500ml water, season and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

2. Add the asparagus, peas and borlotti and broad beans, and cook for a further 4 minutes, until just cooked. Stir in the pesto, then check the seasoning.

3. Divide among bowls, top with a little Parmigiano Reggiano, a drizzle of olive oil and basil leaves. Serve with crusty bread.