Spring minestrone with goat's cheese toasts

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes 40 minutes

Serves: 4


100g orzo pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
400g mixed broad beans, green beans, sugar snap peas, peas
1 litre vegetable stock
400g cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp fresh basil pesto

For the goat’s cheese toasts

8 slices sourdough bread
150g French soft goat’s cheese


1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion gently for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. Stir in the mixed beans and peas, then add the stock. Season and simmer for just 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender but still have a wonderful bright green colour.

3. Add the cannellini beans and pasta, then stir in the pesto.

4. Toast the bread and spread generously with the goat’s cheese. Serve alongside the soup.