3 tablespoons olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
150 grams round green beans, sliced 2 cm long
6 cups good quality chicken or vegetable stock
2 medium zucchini, diced
2 medium vine tomatoes, peeled and diced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
400 grams bought potato gnocchi
Soup: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the leek, onion, carrot, garlic and tarragon with a good pinch of salt until the vegetables are tender. Add the beans and stock and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the zucchini and simmer for 2 minutes then stir in the tomato. Season.
Cook the potato gnocchi according to the instructions on the packet. Drain well and add to the soup.
To serve: Ladle into shallow soup bowls and serve immediately.
To peel the tomatoes: make a small cross in the base with a sharp knife and place them in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and leave for 2 minutes. Drain, refresh under cold water and peel.
Potato gnocchi can be found at supermarkets either in the chiller or with the dried pasta or Italian foods.