I LOVE minestrone when you are never sure what the weather will do. Somehow it manages to fill the gaps. This is a strictly vegetable version – no pasta, no beans but no worse for it – very busy using up everything that is still around like broad beans, peas, radishes, a fistful of herbs and of course fennel bulb and ferns plus courgette, pretty much the whole vegetable stall from the farmers’ market at this time of year. It all hangs on having a good vegetable tea.
And then stage two is a build up of good and pretty things sliced neatly and thinly and poached for a few minutes….