Recipe by Tracey..

Ingredients and substitutions

This is a great recipe for a meal that is simple, cheap and cheerful as well as being nutritious.

Here’s what you need to make the easiest bean soup recipe using cheap tinned beans that are available at all supermarkets.

Three types of beans I typically make it with are a mix of cannellini, borlotti and pinto beans, but you can use any mix you like. Kidney, navy, butter, haricot and black beans are all great ideas.

Red onion, carrot and celery — These veggies are the base of any good soup. Dice them small if you want them to cook quicker. Garlic, red chilli flakes and oregano. To give the soup just the right flavour, you can adjust the quantities to your liking. I like the bean soup on the milder side, but if you prefer it to be more fiery, you can up the amount of red chilli flakes.

Chopped tomatoes — You can use fresh tomatoes instead, but only if they’re very ripe and juicy. Passata would make an excellent substitute.

Vegetable stock — Use the best quality stock you can because it really makes a difference.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot and sauté, the red onion, carrot and celery for 6-7 minutes, stirring continuously, until slightly softened. Next, add the garlic and red chilli flakes and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes and oregano and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add all three types of beans and vegetable stock, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the beans are tender and the soup has naturally thickened. You can add extra water if it is too thick.

NB, make sure you drain all the cans of beans very well before adding to the pan.

Once it’s well cooked, you can now choose to either serve it as it is, or blend it. If blending, you’ll probably need to add more water as it will thicken.

Tip, Try adding spinach and a wedge of lemon to give your soup extra flavour.

This soup is also delicious served with crusty garlic or just plain bread.







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