Braised summer veg

A mixture of vibrant broad beans, courgettes, fennel and radishes makes this the perfect three of your five-a-day summer side

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 136
  • fat 6g
  • saturates 1g
  • carbs 9g
  • sugars 4g
  • fibre 8g
  • protein 7g
  • salt 0.2g


  • 200g broad beans, podded
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 200g courgettes, cut into discs
  • 200g radishes, halved
  • 300g fennel, sliced into lengths
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • handful mint, leaves chopped (smaller ones left whole)
  • handful basil, leaves chopped (smaller ones left whole)


  1. Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Tip in the broad beans and cook for 30 secs. Drain, then immediately plunge the beans into a bowl of very cold water. Once cool, drain them and remove the skins.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan or skillet and fry the courgettes on a medium-high heat until caramelised. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, set aside in a bowl, then repeat with the radishes. Pour in the remaining oil and add the fennel. Cook until caramelised, then turn down the heat.

  3. Add the thyme sprig and chicken stock, and cook for 8-10 mins, basting, until the fennel is tender.

  4. Add the butter to the pan and tip in the courgettes, radishes and broad beans. Coat all the veg in the liquid, then add the lemon juice. Remove the thyme sprig, then scatter over the herbs to serve.

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