Spring Veg Stew with Pesto & Roast Fennel

This lovely spring veg stew is jam packed with seasonal organic veg and beans – Carrots, courgettes, cannelloni and broad beans. It’s both fresh and comforting at the same time, and to make it even more delicious I topped it with sticky roast fennel and dollops of Basil pesto stirred through. 
I hope you love this delicious soup as much as me xx

Thank you Riverford for sending me the lovely organic veg box! xx

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  4-6 servings
  20 minutes preparation time
  1 hr cook time


For the soup; 
  • 2 onions chopped roughly 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3 garlic cloves sliced
  • 2 carrots chopped into small dice 
  • 2 courgettes 
  • 5 plumb tomatoes roughly sliced 
  • 1 litre veg stock 
  • 1/2 tsp oregano 
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme 
  • 1 can cannoli beans 
  • 3 handfuls broad beans -.frozen or fresh 
  • 3 handfuls of spinach 
  • Juice 1/2 lemon 
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
For the roast fennel; 
  • 1 bulb fennel sliced 
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil 
  • Pinch sea salt flakes 
For the pesto; 
  • 100g pine nuts toasted 
  • 60g basil 
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 3 nutritional yeast 
  • 1/2 tsp sea Salt 
  • 1 lemon juice 
  • 50ml water 


  1. In a large pan add the olive oil and onions and cook on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes until soft and browning. 
  2. Add in the garlic and carrot. salt, Stir to combine and cook for a 2-3 minutes or so. 
  3. Add courgette and fry for a further few minutes. Now add the chopped tomatoes, allow them to soften a little. 
  4. Next add the veg stock, oregano and thyme. 
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes covered then remove the lid and add the beans simmer for a further 10 minutes. 
  6. Finally add the spinach, lemon juice and nutritional yeast – stir to combine. 
  7. Season well. 
To roast the fennel; 
  1. Pre heat your oven to 180c 
  2. Chop the fennel and add to a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. 
  3. Roast for 30-40 minutes until soft and slightly charred. Remove from the oven. 
To make the pesto dressing; 
  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz to combine. 
To serve; 
  1. Top with the roast fennel. 
  2. Stir in dollops of the pesto dressing

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  3. HollyHoustonRobbins on July 17, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Can’t wait to try this… Thanks so much for all your yummy recipes.

    • Niki on July 19, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      My pleasure! x

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