Early Summer Basil Soup

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Total Time
1hr 40mins
40 mins
1 hr

A great soup for spring or early summer. Try to buy one of the large bunches of basil with a heady scent and pungent, peppery leaves.

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  1. Heat the butter in a large pan, add the leeks and celery, cover, and sweat for 5-10 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Remove the lid, add the stock and lemon zest and juice.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add the basil, and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  5. Chill for 1 hour.
  6. Stir in the cream and adjust the seasoning to taste.
  7. Serve chilled, with a generous swirl of cream, and garnish with basil leaves.