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Italian Style Courgette SoupItalian Style Courgette Soup

 This is a great recipe for a glut of courgettes. The creamy soup covers tender, diced pieces of courgette that add a contrasting texture.

Cooking TimePrep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20-30 mins

Recipe (PDF)

DifficultySkill level: Easy ServingsServings: 4

Ingredients

  • 60ml/2floz extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic

  • Handful basil leaves (preferably Italian), chopped

  • Sea salt and ground white pepper, to taste

  • 1kg/2¼lb green courgettes, cut lengthways into quarters then into 1cm/½in slices

  • 750ml/1¼ pint chicken stock

  • 60ml/2floz single cream

  • Handful flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 50g/2oz freshly grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a heavy‐based pan over a medium heat.

  2. Cook the garlic, basil, salt and courgette slowly for 10 minutes, or until the courgettes are lightly browned and softened.

  3. Add white pepper, to taste, then pour in the stock and simmer for 8 minutes, uncovered. Remove from the heat.

  4. Put three‐quarters of the soup mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth.

  5. Return the mixture to the pan and stir in the cream, parsley and parmesan.

  6. To serve, ladle the soup into a bowl and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  7. Sprinkle over more parmesan, to taste.

  8. Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

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