I’ve made the best soup in the world. Yes, it sounds a bold claim to make but I truly believe this vegan courgette and broad bean soup is the nicest soup I’ve ever had. I used up the courgette and broad beans I had left over in my veg box and to spice it up a bit, I added some chilli and fennel which totally brought the soup to life, giving it a taste not dissimilar to Thai green curry.
If you like a smooth soup, you can fully blend it, or leave it chunky and just blend some of it, as I’ve done here. Blending some of it gives it a wonderful creamy taste and texture without adding extra calories from cream or cashews. As usual, I blended it in my Optimum G2.1 blender – I really can’t recommend this blender enough; it’s revolutionised my soup-making.
By the way, a few weeks ago I bought a big bag of frozen crushed garlic from Asda for 97p. It’s great – it’s 100% garlic and so convenient to have in the freezer on standby in case you’ve run out of fresh garlic (I should probably confess I haven’t bought any fresh garlic since buying this frozen garlic, it’s that good).
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 125g broad beans
- 1 courgette, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 500ml vegetable stock
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- Chilli powder to taste
- salt and pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes, until the onion is soft
- Add the sliced courgette and fry for another couple of minutes
- Add the broad beans, stock, fennel seeds, chilli powder and season with salt and pepper
- Bring to the boil and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the courgette and broad beans are cooked
- Pour a third of the soup into a blender and blend on high speed, then return to the pan and warm through
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