Happiness Soup

This golden broth, made by Nigella Lawson is studded with a confetti dice of yellow courgettes and flavoured with sprightly lemon
By Nigella Lawson
Happiness Soup
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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 500 g yellow courgettes, (2 large)
  • 1 lemons, zest and juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 litres chicken stock
  • 100 g basmati rice
  • 1 pinches sea salt, and pepper


1. Cut the courgettes - wash them by all means if you want, but don't bother to peel them - into 5mm rings, and then finely dice them.

2. Put them into a pan with the lemon zest and oil, stir to coat, then cook on a gentle heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they've slightly softened,

3. Stir in the turmeric and pour in the stock and lemon juice and then drop in the rice.

4. I make up some bouillon concentrate with water, you could use vegetable stock if you prefer, but I love the mellow goldenness you get from chicken. Cook, uncovered, for 10-20 minutes, or just until the courgettes and rice are tender.

5. Leave to cool slightly before serving so that you eat the soup warm rather than hot.

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