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Summer Green Soup with Parsley and Almond Pesto

Green Summer Soup

Dinner, Leftovers, Soup, Summer | 7th August 2015 | By

A delicious summer green soup using seasonal vegetables and enhanced with parsley and almond pesto. It’s a good one for using up any garden gluts or produce that’s been lurking in the fridge for a bit too long. There’s plenty going on flavour wise and it’s substantial enough to be the main meal of the day.

Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean I don’t want soup, especially when that soup is packed with summer produce. With a house full of newly dug potatoes, courgettes and broad beans, I took inspiration from a Nigella recipe for Summer Minestrone in the September 2004 issue of Delicious.

The soup recipe included green beans and asparagus, neither of which I had. It did strike me as an odd combination. Asparagus is ready for harvest in the late spring but green beans are picked much later on in the summer. If the name of the game is local seasonal produce, it’s unlikely these two vegetables could be harvested together. However, I had some spinach to hand and an abundance of the other ingredients, so I used those instead. I decided against adding pasta and just used lots of potatoes instead. I doubled the amount of garlic and created a parsley and almond pesto rather than a basil one, which in any case didn’t contain nuts. A little more protein would not go amiss, I thought.

The soup was delicious and didn’t seem at all out of keeping with the weather, which admittedly wasn’t that hot. It’s simple to make and uses up lots of odds and ends. It kept us going for several meals.

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Summer Green Soup – The Recipe

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Summer Green Soup with Parsley Pesto

A delicious green soup using up summer's bounty and enhanced with parsley and almond pesto. It makes a substantial meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Soup, Supper
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: almonds, green, parsley, pesto, soup, summer
Servings: 6 people
Author: Choclette



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery - sliced
  • 750 g new potatoes - scrubbed and roughly chopped
  • 2 litres of water or vegetable stock if preferred
  • 3 courgettes - sliced
  • 1 kg broad beans - podded and shelled
  • 100 g shelled or frozen peas
  • large handfull spinach - roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp tamari or salt to taste


  • 1 plump clove garlic
  • 25 g parsley
  • 25 g almonds - whole or blanched
  • 25 g Parmesan cheese
  • 50 g extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • Heat the oil in a large pan over a moderate heat and fry the onions for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the celery and fry for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and garlic and fry, stirring occasionally for five minutes or so.
  • Add the water (or stock if using) and tamari / salt and bring to the boil.
  • Cover and simmer for five minutes, then add the rest of the vegetables and continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes.


  • Place all ingredients in a mini food-processor and blitz until a paste has formed.
  • Stir 1 tbsp into the soup and add a teaspoonful to each bowl served.


Adapted from Nigella Lawson's Summer Minestrone in Delicious, Sept 2004


I’m sending this summer green soup off to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

The parsley pesto in and on the soup also makes it eligible for Cooking with Herbs with Karen at Lavender and Lovage.

The soup is packed with veg so it’s my entry to Extra Veg which is being hosted over at Jen’s Food this month.

I’m also sharing this Italian inspired soup with Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for No Croutons Required.


  1. Kavey

    7th August 2015 at 11:53 am

    I admit I have to be in the not for soup and don’t often think of it in summer but that looks lovely and fresh!

    • Choclette

      7th August 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Well it was a bit of an unusual departure for me too Kavey, but I’m not quite sure why as we eat plenty of other “hot’ foods in summer.

  2. Roz

    7th August 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Like the idea of the pesto to add something extra 🙂

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:24 am

      Yes it’s a fun idea Roz. I think I could have been a little more elegant with drizzling it, but I know you’d make it look beautiful.

  3. Kate | The Veg Space

    7th August 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Wow this looks delicious Choclette, so summery and bright green. I have way too much parsley in the garden at the moment so will give this a try! Thanks for linking to my pea soup too!

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:25 am

      It makes a nice pesto Kate. We used the remainder on pasta which was delicious.

  4. Lucy @SupergoldenBakes

    7th August 2015 at 1:48 pm

    I love eating soup in the summer. And stew. I guess I am a tad weird. But this looks so green and fresh and the pesto sounds yum. Another to add to my healthy diet (starting after I go on holiday).

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:27 am

      Hopefully your diet will start after you come back from holiday Lucy! Well our British summer is a bit weird, so it’s not surprising we have strange eating habits 😉

  5. Galina V

    7th August 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Fab summery soup, full of flavours! I do prefer pine nuts in pesto, but almonds could be an inspired alternative

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Galina. Pine nuts are my favourite too, but they are expensive and it’s always good to ring the changes.

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    7th August 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I love summer soups, they can be so refreshing. I just love the colour of this one too.

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Dannii, it made a nice change to have a bowl of food with lots of varying shades of one colour.

  7. Dom

    7th August 2015 at 6:01 pm

    you know I adore a soup! this looks so wonderfully healthy and tasty and then with the added pesto! Wow. And Almond pesto too. Win Win… big bowl please?

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:31 am

      Healthy, nourishing and delicious Dom. As you say – win win win 🙂

  8. torviewtoronto

    7th August 2015 at 7:03 pm

    lovely combination of flavours

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:33 am

      Thank you, the vegetables were all good, but it was the pesto that really made it.

  9. jenna @ butter loves company

    7th August 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Love the site! And this soup looks so pretty and nourishing!

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:35 am

      Thanks Jenna, that’s kind of you to say.

  10. Nayna Kanabar

    7th August 2015 at 9:31 pm

    What a delicious and tasty looking soup. I love the vibrant colour.

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Nayna. I really enjoyed all the different shades of green.

  11. Riz @ Chocolates & Chai

    7th August 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I usually avoid warm soups in the summer, but I’ve had a little tickle in my throat recently. So maybe I should try out a lovely warm soup like yours 🙂

    Chocolates & Chai

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 9:37 am

      Ah Riz, it sounds this soup is just what you need, summer or no summer 🙂

  12. Homemade & Yummy

    8th August 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hello. I really love the sound of this soup!! It is so GREEN!! All the flavours sound so wonderful…will have to give it a try!!

    • Choclette

      8th August 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Haha, yes it is indeed green and so many shades of it too 🙂

  13. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    9th August 2015 at 7:35 am

    I am totally up for soup in the summer especially with a large dollop of pesto.

    • Choclette

      9th August 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Pesto just makes everything better Bintu 🙂

  14. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    9th August 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Mmm sounds gorgeous! And you’ve managed to fit so many veggies in there! Love the idea of adding pesto to soup! Need to try it soon 😀

    • Choclette

      10th August 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks Nadia, the pesto is the only seasoning needed for this soup being in it and on it AND it’s delicious 🙂

  15. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    9th August 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I love soup all year round and just had cauliflower soup for the dinner. Your green soup looks so delicious with pesto.

    • Choclette

      10th August 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks Angie, glad I’m not the only one to venture into soup in the summer. I’m a big fan of opus and cauliflower soup is delicious too.

  16. Ness

    9th August 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I love soup at any time of year and the addition of a pesto in it is always going to be a winner with me!

    • Choclette

      10th August 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks Ness. I don’t quite know how we managed before pesto came along.

  17. Heidi Roberts

    9th August 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I love getting so much produce and coming up with ideas to use it!!

    • Choclette

      10th August 2015 at 1:10 pm

      How’s your allotment going Heidi? I expect you are well ahead of us.

  18. Jen

    11th August 2015 at 8:13 pm

    A very vibrant green soup, good idea to switch to a more seasonal selection of veggies too. Thanks for sharing with #ExtraVeg 🙂

    • Choclette

      12th August 2015 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Jen. Suddenly there are lots of very nice seasonal green vegetables about, so I think this soup may become a regular for us over the next few weeks.

  19. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    23rd August 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Soup topped with pesto is just wonderful, as are all those lovely herbs. Thanks for linking up to #extraveg

    • Choclette

      24th August 2015 at 8:20 am

      With all the rain we’ve been having down here Helen, pretty much any sort of soup feels welcome at the moment 😉


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