Here’s another dish perked-up with the use of mascarpone – in a surprisingly delightful ‘summer’ soup. Made with zucchini (courgette) and pesto, it’s a soup that’s light enough for a summer evening. I serve mine with bread and a little pate or hummus for a light meal.
- 1 small white onion
- 3 large zucchini/courgette (about 500-600g)
- couple cloves of garlic
- 250ml (1 cup) vegetable stock
- handful of fresh mint leaves, chopped
- about ¼ cup of pesto (ie: a couple big scoops)
- an equal-sized dollop of mascarpone ^
- dried rosemary
- Parmesan (fresh grated)
- Chop the onion and zucchini and crush the garlic.
- Fry with a little oilve oil in a large stock pot for about 5-10 minutes over medium heat to soften up the vegetables.
- Add the stock, most of the mint, and all of the pesto. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and carefully blitz in a food processor in batches or use a hand blender to make a thick soup.
- Return to the pot and stir in the mascarpone along with a hefty dash of salt and dried rosemary. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan, the remaining mint and an extra dollop of mascarpone.
I would encourage you to experiment with different pestos – my favorite variation of this soup was with a cashew and basil pesto.
This soup is great for warmer weather, but you can carry it into the colder months too. Perhaps consider leaving out the mint and substituting a little chili instead.