What makes this immune boosting soup green? We use stock instead of tinned tomatoes and it is packed full of green vegetables. We use peas and broad beans from the freezer as this is most convenient but you can also use fresh. We’re in the best season for green vegetables, you can vary what you use depending on what you can get hold of. Mange tout, french beans, broad beans, peas, asparagus, runner beans, spinach are all just coming into season.
When using vegetables that are really fresh, they don’t need much cooking. The broccoli, broad beans, spinach and peas can be thrown in just before serving. The onions and leek can be sweated off at a low temperature but the peppers and courgettes don’t need very much cooking at all. You want texture in this soup and the vegetables to have a bit of bite.
Method for Green Immune Boosting Soup:
- Heat oil in the pan and cook onions and leeks on a low to medium heat for 10 mins.
- Add the garlic and cayenne pepper and cook for a minute or so before adding the peppers and courgette, cook for a couple more minutes.
- Pour in 1 litre of stock, add the quinoa and chickpeas and simmer for 10 mins or until the quinoa is cooked – at this point you can cool and freeze the soup.
- Finally throw in the peas, broad beans, broccoli, spinach, lemon zest and juice. Grate or zest the fresh ginger straight into the soup. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
- If you find lots of liquid has been absorbed add more vegetable stock. Add the chopped basil just before serving.
- To serve we add toasted buckwheat groats and a drizzle of cold pressed rapeseed oil.
If you want to make this soup and freeze portions leave out the broccoli, peas, broad beans and spinach and add these in fresh. After defrosting you may want to add a little more stock or water.
What different seasonal vegetables you have used in this soup? Have you made any of your own variations?