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Silky Courgette Wild Garlic and White Bean Soup

Silky Courgette Soup

This soup is hands down one of the best ways to finish up an excess of courgette as it uses quite a lot. The texture here is one of the things that makes up for the soft and pale colour. It is like velvet but packed with flavour. The beans make this deeply satisfying and the garlic makes it lovely and savoury.

Now down to business…..

Obviously not everyone has wild garlic available to them so in this case I use leeks. Use about 6 large leeks in place of the wild garlic.

As for the beans, any kind of white been will do but here I used just a jar of haricot beans however butterbeans and cannellini beans work just as well.

If you are using giant marrow size courgettes then do peel them however if you are using sweet little baby ones then do leave the skin on some or all of them as it gives a lovely appearance to the finished dish.

This is a giant batch so feel free to halve or quarter the recipe.

 

Serves 10

 

  • 2 tbsp of good quality olive oil
  • 300g of wild garlic or 6 large leeks.
  • 2 x 400g jars of white beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1kg courgette or marrow (peeled if necessary) and chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 liters of vegetable stock.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.

 

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and add the wild garlic or leek.

2. Once the garlic is softened right down, add the rest of the solid ingredients.

3. Season with salt and pepper as you go (but be careful if you are using shop bought cubes because they tend to be salty on their own.)

4. After the vegetables are all heated together, its time for the beans. Throw them in and give them a quick stir.

5. Add the stock.

6. Simmer for about 20 mins with the lid on but try not to let it boil vigorously because it really changes the soup and not in a good way. :’)

7. Once the time is up and the vegetables are soft then its time to blend. If you are using a Magimix then I recommend blending in batches so leave it to cool a bit before you start. If you use a hand blender (like I do) then you don’t have to wait quite as long for the soup to cool. Especially if it has a metal stick.

8. Blend until smooth and taste for seasoning. Add a little more salt and pepper if you wish.

 

 

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