After spending the day studying and eating strawberries, I wasn't too in the mood to make something elaborate with the 5 courgettes that have been haunting my fridge for a week. It had got to the stage where if I didn't use them this evening, they'd have to be thrown - and that wasn't going to happen.
This soup is so simple, a throw-it-in-the-pan-and-carry-on-eating-strawberries kind of recipe.
5 or 6 medium courgettes, sliced
4 medium floury potatoes, 1inch dice
1 onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
veggie or chicken stock
squeeze lemon juice
salt and pepper
a green of your choice - I used spinach
optional: single cream
to serve: grated parmesan or pecorino
1, In a large pan, soften the onion with the olive oil, then add the potatoes and garlic. Stir for a few minutes, then add the courgette. Add a splash of water to stop the potatoes sticking.
2, Make up your stock, and add it to the pan to cover.
3, Add the bay leaf and leave the soup on a low heat to simmer for about 20 mins.
4, Check the potatoes are cooked, and add the spinach.
5, When the spinach is wilted, remove from the heat and leave to stand until lukewarm.
6, Using a hand blender or a food processor, blend the soup.
7, Reheat gently and season with salt and pepper. If using, add the cream.