Pea, Pesto and Arugula Soup Recipe

This Pea, Pesto and Arugula Soup recipe can be made quickly for a light lunch.

| May 2012 Web

  • Rich in color, flavor and nutrients, this Pea, Pesto and Arugula Soup can be served hot or cold; it’s delicious either way.
    Photo By Jan Baldwin
  • “Very Fond of Food” is a stylish and charming cookbook from rising food star Sophie Dahl that interweaves personal anecdotes about food and the good life with 100 simple and appealing seasonal recipes.
    Photo Courtesy Ten Speed Press

Sweet peas, nutty pesto and peppery arugula combine to make a boldly flavorful soup. This Pea, Pesto and Arugula Soup is deliciously savory, yet quick and easy to whip up. Invite guests over for a light lunch in which this dish is the feature. This recipe is excerpted from Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes (Ten Speed Press, 2012) by inspiring chef and rising food star Sophie Dahl. Favoring natural sweeteners, minimal meat, and abundant produce, the dishes in this cookbook satisfy yet never feel ascetic. This Pea, Pesto and Arugula Soup recipe is taken from the chapter “Spring Lunches.” 

Pea, Pesto and Arugula Soup Recipe

serves 4 

For the homemade pesto
A large handful of fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
A few tablespoons of pine nuts
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup/25 g grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 small zucchini, chopped
3 1/2 cups/875 ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 package (1 pound/450 g) frozen peas
A large handful of arugula

Place all of the pesto ingredients in a blender or food processor and whiz up until you have a green, bubbly sauce, adding a splash of water if the pesto is a little thick. Taste, season, and adjust anything that needs adjusting. 

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and soften the onion. Add the zucchini, then pour in the stock and simmer on low for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the peas and arugula, bring back to a boil, and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

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