1 May 2010

Soup Saturday - Adaptable Bean Soup

Good morning all and happy May!..

I made this soup for dinner last night and I tell you it was divine! I found this recipe from the chef Nigel Slater. He is one of those chefs that are so enthusiastic about their food and put a lot of effort into having "undertone" flavours...as soon as I saw this soup I knew it was the one for this weeks post! One of the great things about this soup is that is is 'adaptable'. You can add ANY vegetables you like so it is tailored to your taste. Apart from adding mushrooms and leaving out the Orange peel I played it safe and stuck with his version.

You will need:
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 Onions
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • Large handful of pre-cooked Cannellini beans
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • Parmesan Cheese or Rind
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Bread (Optional)
  • Parsley (Optional)

Roughly chop up carrots and onions. Warm up a little olive oil in your pan and add the onions and carrots until they become slightly soft and tender.

Chop up the tomatoes and mushrooms and add to the pan with a bay leaf.

Add the Cannellini beans and then the Vegetable stock. Then add the Parmesan cheese or rind (if you add the rind then remember to remove it along with the bay leaf before serving).

Season it with Salt and Pepper to suit your taste. Add the Spinach and Parsley to the amount you desire and then leave on a low heat to slowly bubble until you are ready to serve : )

Best served with fresh bread...yummy!

Soup Tip : As a family of 5 we had soup left over. One of the best things to do with left over soup is to freeze it! You can use Zip Lock bags. Simply let the soup cool, put it in the bag, zip it up and lay it flat in the freezer. It's great for a quick lunch when you are on the go!

I hope you like this recipe..it really is yummy! Add or takeaway any vegetables that you don't like and enjoy : )

Have a great weekend...

Gemma X


  1. Oooh, I LOVE bean soups. One of my fav's. Also love your big heavy based pot - they're the best! Thanks for the recipe Gem.

  2. it looks good gemma. i'm not a huge bean fan but i could just add chicken and spinach...i'll bet your house smelled amazing while it was cooking....

  3. Anything of Nigel Slater is always good value! Sounds delicious, we eat a lot of pulses , beans etc, so shall try it out.

  4. Found you from a comment on Megs 'whatever' blog - I'm liking your Etsy stuff!


  5. I think I might make some soup like this tomorrow! I have a bunch of veggies and beans that are going to go bad if I don't cook them already

  6. That looks great - I found a bean soup recipe last week that I was wanting to try but I may have to go with this one instead!

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