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Tuscan bean soup (serves 6, preparation time 20 minutes, cooking time 35 minutes)

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This is a great leftover and store cupboard soup when you have some leftover vegetables and back up fridge chorizo.


  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil;

  • 2 red onions, finely chopped;

  • 2 large carrots chopped into small prices

  • 4 celery stalks (preferably the heart so that the leaves are also used in the soup). 2 finely chopped and 2 medium sliced;

  • 2 teaspoons of paprika

  • 1 chorizo ring (about 225g) chopped into 0.5cm chunks.

  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree

  • 500 ml of vegetable stock (Marigold Vegetable Boullion);

  • 2 x 390g carton of chopped tomatoes;

  • 1 x 390g carton of Sainsbury’s cannellini beans

  • 1 x handful of small pasta shapes such as orzo or trofie

  • Handful of basil;

  • 4 sprigs of thyme, taken off the stalk and finely chopped;

  • Handful of parsley finely chopped; and

  • Seasoning.

Here’s what you do:

Step 1 - Put the oil over a low to medium heat in a large pot.

Step 2 - When the oil is hot add the onions and cook until softened, but not brown.

Step 3 - Add the carrot and celery and sweat down for about 10 minutes.

Step 4 - Add tomato puree, garlic and paprika, stir to ensure that they do not stick to the bottom. Cook out for about 5 minutes before adding the chopped chorizo. Cook for a further two minutes so that some of the fat can melt out of the chorizo.

Step 5 - Add the stock, chopped tomatoes, pasta, cannellini beans, herbs and seasoning .

Step 6 - Simmer the soup for at least 35 minutes and season to taste.

That gives you the basic recipe, but here are some extra tips should you need them:

Option 1 - If you want to spice this up a bit, you can add some more paprika.

Option 2 - If you prefer a less chunky soup, you can liquidise half or all of the soup to reach your desired texture. I like to do this anyway as you then taste all of the flavours with every mouthful.

Kitchen implements required:

  • Chopping board

  • Sharp knife

  • Large pot

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