I made the (Thai) Basil puree last night leaving me to deal with the vegetable soup this morning. Since I used canned stuff for both the white beans and peas, I sauted the onions, garlic and carrots in a bit of olive oil till a bit tender. Added water to the pot plus a vegetable stock cube with two bay leaves and three sprigs of thyme, bring to a boil. Added the zucchini (and two celery sticks - diced), french beans in 1 inch lengths. Simmer for another ten minutes, added the drained and rinsed beans. Season with salt and black pepper.
Removed the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Ladled into serving bowls, sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top, followed by a dollop of thai basil puree! Enjoyed this bowl for my breakfast this morning. Hubby is back this afternoon and I am sure this vegetable soup meets his approval.
ps: I skipped the pasta, but did boiled some potatoes but decided it was filling enough without the carbs.
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