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Italian Pea and Basil Soup

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Serves: 4
Ingredients:
75ml / 5 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
400g / 14 oz cups frozen petits pois (baby peas)
900ml / 1 1/2 pints vegetable stock
25g / 1 oz fresh basil leaves, roughly torn, plus extra to garnish
salt and ground black pepper
shaved Parmesan cheese, to serve
Method:

Heat the oil in a large pan and add the 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 the vegetables sticking.

Add the peas and stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, add the basil and seasoning, then simmer for 10 minutes.

Spoon the soup into a food processor or blender and process until the soup is smooth. Return the soup to the rinsed pan and reheat gently until piping hot. Ladle into warm bowls, sprinkle with shaved Parmesan and garnish with basil.


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