I’m currently living somewhere where I have to share a kitchen. Unfortunately this means that I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to leisurely make dinner (spreading myself out over every kitchen surface and generally making a bit of a mess.)
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be experimenting with using some of my favourite ingredients to come up with quick, simple and more importantly good food recipes. Recipes that require only a few ingredients (I no longer have lots of fridge and cupboard space) and take minimal time to put together.
Tonight’s recipe was a tasty and quick Italian inspired soup with lots of fresh broccoli, some courgettes, pesto, parmesan and lemon. Tasty and nutritious this is a quick soup recipe which takes around 10-15 minutes to cook and prepare.
Broccoli Soup with Parmesan & Pesto.
Ingredients (serves 2 large portions or 3-4 small)
- 1 large head of broccoli
- 1-2 courgettes
- 4 teaspoons of pesto
- Half a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Parmesan (to serve)
- Salt and pepper
Roughly chop the broccoli (make sure you use the stalks as well as they are full of flavour and goodness) and courgettes. Add to a pan, season and pour over boiling water until all the veg is just covered.
You could add a veg stock cube in here if you want a little more flavour. Leave the veg to simmer for around 6-8 minutes until just done.
Take the pan off the heat and drain most of the water. Drain into a bowl in case you want to use a little later to let the soup down if it’s too thick for you.
Blend the veg, I actually quite like it chunky but if you prefer smooth this would work well too. Stir in green pesto and lemon juice and mix well. Taste and season if needed.
Finally serve up, sprinkle with freshly shaved parmesan and serve with fresh crusty bread and butter. Delicious.
Do you have any quick go to recipes you rely on?