Zucchini pea and mint soup

This delicious green soup is a great way to include some freshness in the cooler months. If you don't have any mint on hand, chives or coriander are lovely alternatives.

Ingredients

1 brown onion, quartered

2 tablespoons olive oil

500 g zucchini (courgettes), chopped

350 g fresh or frozen peas

2 garlic cloves

600 g vegetable stock

6–12 mint leaves (optional), plus extra for garnishing

plain yoghurt or cream (optional) to serve

  • Serves 4-6

Method

Thermomix method: Place the onion into the mixing bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl with the spatula. Add the olive oil and cook 4 min/100°C/Reverse/speed 1.

Add the zucchini, peas, garlic and stock and cook 15–18 min/100°C/speed 1 or until the zucchini and garlic are tender.

Add the mint (optional) and blend 45 sec/speed 8, increasing speed gradually from 1 to 8, until the mixture is smooth.

Divide the soup among serving bowls, add a little yoghurt or cream (optional) and some extra mint to serve, shredded if you prefer.

Conventional method: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the onion has softened. Add the zucchini and peas and cook, stirring, for a further 2 minutes. Add the stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the soup to cool a little before transferring to a food processor (or you can use a stick blender). Add the mint (if using) and blend or process until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and stir over medium heat for 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Divide the soup among serving bowls, add a little cream or yoghurt (if using) and some extra mint or chives, to serve.

Baby’s serve: For a younger baby, stir through a little rice cereal or some cooked quinoa or couscous to soften the flavour and thicken the soup. You may also like to stir through a little yoghurt. An older baby may like to eat as per a younger baby or with toast fingers for dipping.

Toddler’s serve: Serve as is, with toast fingers for dipping and a short-handled spoon. As with baby’s serve, you may like to stir through some cooked quinoa or couscous to thicken.