Broccoli and courgette soup

Broccoli and courgette soup

In a bid to save time during the week, I’ve started cooking masses of whatever we have to eat at the weekend. Chilli con carne, curry and stew all freeze really well and means that we can still have healthy home made dinners during the week, no matter how tempting it might be to phone in a Chinese.

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I also always make a huge pot of soup on a Sunday. I eat soup for lunch most days and I only ever really by shop bought ones as a last resort. This recipe combines two of my favourite vegetables: broccoli and courgette. Simmered with fennel seeds and garlic, this isn’t only delicious but it’s safe to say a bowl of this is crammed with green goodness. The following will result in 6-8 servings, depending on how hungry you are. Here’s what you need:

  • 2 onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 tsps of garlic puree
  • 2 courgettes
  • 2 broccoli heads
  • 1 tsp of crushed fennel seeds
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • A glug of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Wash all of your vegetables before chopping roughly. Put the broccoli and courgette to one side. Add a glug of olive oil to a large pan and add the onions, celery and carrots. Saute for around 15 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
  • Stir in the garlic puree and the crushed fennel seeds. Add the broccoli and courgettes and cover with a litre of vegetable stock. Bring to the boil before simmering for 15 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked.
  • Blend the soup until smooth and add a good grind of black pepper. Season with salt if you feel it needs it.
You don’t need too much stock with this recipe as there is a lot of water content in the courgettes. But if you feel it is too thick, simply add a little more stock.
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I tend to eat this served with buttered slices of rye bread or if I’m dialling down the carbs, raw carrots and cucumber.

Are you a soup fan? Do you make big batches and freeze them or do you prefer to buy soup?

  • http://jasmincharlotte.com/ JasminCharlotte

    Yum! This sounds soo good. I do love a good soup, I need to make more! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you! I love a good soup too – warm, filling and healthy. What’s not to love?x

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I’ve never used Zucchini in a soup like this, I’m going to save your recipe!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thank you! If you make it I hope you enjoy it x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    I don’t eat many soups, not because I hate them but because every time I try to make a soup it doesn’t turn out well. This ones sounds good though, I love broccoli! I’ll give this a shot and fingers crossed I don’t mess up (which sadly happens often — I am a horrible cook!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Bless you Jessica, I’m sure you’re not that bad a cook! If you give it a go I hope it turns out well x

      • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

        I’m not gonna lie, I make a pretty delicious beef stew and some good tacos… But that’s it haha!

  • Sooae Lee
    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Sooae!x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I love soup too – it makes a great winter lunch! I often cook up a big pot over the weekend too. This recipe looks absolutely delicious – I love the addition of fennel. I’ll definitely try it! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Miranda! I adore soup and find it’s a great way for me to eat loads of differents veggies x

  • http://www.brookemeaganjones.com/ Brooke Jones

    I’ve started doing the same thing! Made a huge batch of pasta sauce last night and plan to do the same with chilli and soup. I’m a huge soup fan! Especially this time of year. I stopped buying it about a year ago once I realized how easy it is to make! It’s also healthier and way more delicious :-) Saving this one!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It saves so much time, doesn’t it Brooke? We freeze a lot these days and it definitely seems to save us time and money x

  • http://www.thestylerawr.com/ TheStyleRawr

    This looks so healthy! I absolutely love broccoli. :)

    Tara x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Tara! It is super healthy and I love broccoli too x

  • Gingi Edmonds Freeman

    This looks yummy! I LOVE soups, especially when it’s chilly out! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re so right Gingi, nothing quite warms you up on a cold day like a bowl of soup x

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    Yum, that looks amazing! I would love to try this!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Melanie!x

  • http://confuzzledom.wordpress.com/ bevchen

    Hmm, I don’t like broccoli but I LOVE courgette!
    I never get a chance to freeze anything… if there are leftovers, they either come to work or my boyfriend decides he IS still hungry after all and eats them.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It sounds like your boyfriend has a similar appetite to my husband – he seems to eat everything in sight. He is so slim as well – I have no idea where he puts it :-)

  • Marinella Rauso

    I like broccoli a lot because it’s a very healthy and good vegetables. The soap have been so tasteful.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Marinella. I’m a huge broccoli fan too x

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    This sounds amazing, and I love that you can make this ahead of time for the week…I definitely want to try this!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’m really getting in the way of making big batches of things as it saves so much time during the week when we’re working. If you try it I hope you enjoy it x

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com/ Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Oh my goodness! look delicious! x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks very much Amanda x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    Mmmm the flavors in this sound divine! I’ve been looking for a new soup recipe to try. I’m imagining this with a nice flat bread for lunch – just what I need!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Kathryn. It’s one of my new go-to soups as it’s so easy to make. I have mine with a slice of rye, amaranth and quinoa bread and it seems to fill me up until home time x

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    OK…can we please talk about how perfect that first photo is? It belongs in a cookbook. This recipe sounds great.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You are too kind Gianni! Thanks very much lovely lady x