Wednesday, 12 June 2013

pea and pesto soup recipe

this is a really easy recipe, and it's so tasty! it's the perfect thing to take to work, eat for lunch with some crispbread, or enjoy as a little summer starter.

i made this on monday when i realised that i had chicken stock, lettuce and pesto to use up in the fridge... and i'm so happy i did. this would work with pretty much any seasonal greens you've got lying around, and you could substitute the pesto for a handful of fresh herbs instead.

for lunch today i had a serving of pea and pesto soup with cucumber, tomato and houmous 

perfect with fresh basil leaves on the top... and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

pea and pesto soup
serves 2-4

1/2 tsp coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 gem lettuce, sliced
750ml chicken stock
2 cups/250g frozen peas
1/2 tsp lime juice
2 Tbsp pesto
salt and pepper

1. sauté the onion, garlic and celery in the coconut oil for about 5-10 minutes.
2. add the bell pepper, lettuce, chicken stock and peas.
3. bring back to the boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on.
4. add the lime juice and pesto and blend with a hand blender until smooth.
5. season to taste, and serve warm.

cook's notes:
 - this will freeze beautifully, and keeps well in the fridge for 3 days.
 - amazing topped with diced black olives, pine nuts or fresh parmesan

i've got some tasty lunchboxes to share with you all... so keep you're eyes open for the next lunchbox week post. 

thanks for reading!

i would love to know, what's your favourite summer soup recipe?

currently listening to: miracle by matisyahu - a cute summery tune.


  1. Your pea and pesto soup looks so good. I will have to try your recipe. Good video, I like a lot of the same items as you. :-)

  2. Hi Alissa,
    Love your blog - my name is Beth, we went to sixth form together - not sure if you remember me? Anyway - it's lovely to stumble across blogs by people I recognise! This soup looks delicious - might try it this weekend!

    Beth - Sans Souci

    1. Hi!! I do remember you, of course :)

      So happy you stumbled across the blog... Hope you're well x

  3. Alissa, this looks so yum! This is more of an alissaevelyn question rather than a NJA one I think but... do you ever buy or research natural perfumes? I thought you would be a good person to ask cos the ones they sell in Planet Organic are minging! Thought might be your area of expertise. Thanks. Annie xox

    1. Natural perfumes - I'd go with rubbing a little essential oil on your wrists - that's the closest you'll get to natural! These are pretty long lasting, depending on the scent of course.


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