Summer Minestrone with Garlic Prawns

, from Issue #34. September, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Summer Minestrone with Garlic Prawns

Serves: 4


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 small leek, thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced, feathery fronds reserved
200 grams round green beans, sliced on the diagonal
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup edamame beans or peas
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 x 400 gram tin cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

20 large raw peeled prawns
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

To serve
4 tablespoons basil pesto
Parmesan cheese for shaving


Soup: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, garlic, thyme, leek and fennel. Season well, cover and cook gently until just tender.

Add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes, followed by the stock. Season, bring to the boil and add the edamame beans or peas, zucchini and white beans. Simmer until all the vegetables are just tender but still with a little bite.

Prawns: Toss the prawns with the olive oil and garlic and season well. Heat a sauté pan and cook the prawns for 1-2 minutes each side until just cooked through.

To serve: Ladle the soup into wide shallow soup bowls. Top with 5 prawns, a spoonful of pesto, shavings of Parmesan cheese and the reserved fennel fronds. 

Pantry note
Edamame bean: (pronounced “ edd-a-MAH-may’) these Japanese soy beans come in bags frozen and/or podded. In the pod, they make a delicious snack when blanched and salted. Available from Asian food stores and some supermarkets.