Italian Pea and Basil Soup
You'll say peas and thank you when you sample this scrumptious Italian soup. Prepared with the very basics, you and your family are sure to love every spoonful of this palate-pleasing pottage. It just goes to show soup is good food.
At a glance
5 tbsp. olive oil 2 large onions, chopped 1 celery stick, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3 1/2 cups frozen peas 3 3/4 cups vegetable broth 1 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, plus extra to garnish freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
Heat oil in a large saucepan and add onions, celery, carrot and garlic. Cover the pan and cook over a low heat for 45 minutes or until the vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Add peas and broth to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and basil and seasoning, then simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon the soup into a food processor or blender and process until the soup is smooth. Ladle into warm bowls, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and garnish with basil.
Try herbs like mint, parsley and chives in place of basil for some delightful variations.
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