Zucchini and freekeh soup

Zucchini & freekeh soupI know technically its not yet summer, but summer is just around the corner and it certainly has been feeling a lot like it of late. 

On those summery days when the mercury isn’t set to spike off the charts, I find that a light soup is a great way to enjoy some of summer’s bounties.  

With the rain and cool change which arrived over the weekend, I thought today was the perfect type of day to create a light summery soup and use some of the fresh produce I’ve stocked up on. 

Summer harvest

Taking stock - A Sweet MuddleThe result was this delicious zucchini and freekeh soup.

Zucchini & freekeh soupI’m sure it would be equally as satisfying during the colder months, perhaps served up with some warm, crusty bread.

Thanks to the freekeh, it takes about an hour to make but is really quite simple to prepare.

Zucchini and freekeh soup

A delicious summery soup, which can be enjoyed all year round.

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Total Time
1 hr

Total Time
1 hr

  1. 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 small red onion, finely diced
  3. 100g pancetta, diced
  4. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  5. 1/2 cup freekeh
  6. 1 1/2 litres chicken stock
  7. 1 sprig rosemary
  8. 400g can borlotti beans
  9. 2 large zucchinis (courgettes), diced
  10. 100g green beans, halved and trimmed
  11. 4 tbsp pesto
  12. salt and pepper
  13. extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat for a few minutes. Add the onion and cook for a few minutes until it begins to turn translucent.
  2. Add the pancetta and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, then add the garlic and freekeh. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes stirring often.
  3. Add the stock and rosemary. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 40 minutes.
  4. Drain and rinse the borlotti beans and add to the broth together with the diced zucchini and green beans.
  5. Leave to simmer for a further 10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked to you liking.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. Serve in a large bowl, topped with a tablespoon of fresh pesto and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  1. Freekeh (free-ka) is an ancient grain made from roasted wheat kernels. Thanks to the grains being harvested while they’re still young and green, it contains more protein, vitamins and minerals than mature wheat and other grains. It also has a low GI and is high in fibre. This superfood has a nutty taste somewhat similar to pearl barley.
  2. For a lighter alternative, instead of pesto, you could add fresh basil and shaved parmesan
  3. For a vegetarian option, you could omit the pancetta and substitute chicken stock with vegetable stock.
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2 Comments on Zucchini and freekeh soup

  1. Jenni Sivertsen-Harding
    11/11/2013 at 5:24 pm (10 years ago)

    dear Rach, your photography gets better and better.. even though it’s getting really wintry weather here now, I’m going to try your soup! I bet it tastes as good as it looks. love Jen x

    • Rachel
      17/11/2013 at 10:00 am (10 years ago)

      Thanks Jen, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it. I’m having a lot of fun styling and taking all the photos, not to mention dreaming up what to share next! Let me know your verdict on the soup. Love Rachel x

      p.s. Sorry for the slow reply – for some reason your message got caught up in the spam filter!


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