Words, recipe and image by Dominique Woolf
I'm a big fan of homemade soup at lunch. Nutritious, comforting, and above all full of flavour, my soup addiction has seen me through the winter and now into spring. As much as I love to experiment with new recipes, this pea and courgette soup is the one I come back to time and again, and is still a firm favourite. Even the kids lick their bowls clean (a complete win!).
Peas aren't usually my favourite vegetable (sorry to say!), but in this soup, they are divine. The addictively salty, chewy halloumi is the perfect foil to their sweet creaminess, and I've yet to serve it to someone who didn't rave about it.
The beauty of it also lies in its simplicity. It is not only quick and easy to make, but has just four key ingredients plus the topping. Delicious served with crusty bread, focaccia or a cheese toastie.
1 medium onion, diced
2 medium courgettes (approx 500g), halved lengthways and sliced
500 millilitres vegetable stock
300g frozen peas
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pesto to drizzle
Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat and add the onions. Fry until soft and translucent.
Add the courgette and fry for a couple of minutes.
Add the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for around five minutes, until the courgette is just cooked.
Add the peas. Bring to the boil again, then simmer for around three minutes until the peas are cooked, but still a vibrant green.
Either transfer to a blender or use a hand blender to liquidise. Season to taste.
Just before serving, heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Cut the halloumi into 1 cm slices and sear until each side is golden brown. Remove and cut into bite-sized pieces.
Serve the soup with the halloumi on top and a drizzle of pesto.
Dominique’s love affair with food started as a child. Growing up in the Middle East to a Thai mother and British father, she was surrounded by flavours and cuisines from many different cultures. She has always loved trying new foods and began experimenting in the kitchen from an early age. Now living in London with three young hungry children, she spends more time cooking than ever! Find out more about her over on her Instagram @thewoolfskitchen
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