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Vegetable soup with fragrant pesto

This soup is based on pistou, the classic French soup from Provence. Laden with vegetables and pasta, and flavoured with pesto, the delicious basil and parmesan sauce, it makes a fabulous change from minestrone, its Italian counterpart. French bread is the traditional accompaniment.

Vegetable soup with fragrant pesto
Perfect Pasta
Vegetable soup with fragrant pesto

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
1 large zucchini, diced
150 g green beans, cut into short lengths
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1.25 litres vegetable stock
250 g tomatoes, chopped
85 g vermicelli, broken into small pieces
2 tablespoons pesto
pepper

To serve
(optional) ⅓ cup (35 g) freshly grated parmesan

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Add the leek, zucchini, beans and garlic and fry over a moderately high heat for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened and beginning to turn brown.
  3. Pour in the stock.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and cover the pan.
  6. Simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, but still holding their shape.
  7. Stir in the vermicelli
  8. . Cover the pan again and simmer for a further 5 minutes or until the pasta is al dente
  9. .Ladle the soup into bowls and add 1½ teaspoons pesto to each.
  10. Stir, then serve, offering the parmesan separately to stir into the soup.

Each serving provides 1005 kJ, 240 kcal, 12 g protein, 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 20.5 g carbohydrate (4 g sugars), 3 g fibre

Serves 4
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes



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