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Why Don’t We Make A Delicious Little Soup?

March 25, 2020

Hello! This afternoon I though I’d share a dinner recipe which takes a bunch of simple ingredients and transforms them into something nourishing.

This is my favourite soup at the moment. It’s hearty but simple with the potatoes and beans adding a bit of starchy oomph and rounding out the tomatoes pretty brilliantly.

Best shut up and tell you the recipe because many people hate the whole recipe preamble thing …

Pip’s delicious little soup

Makes four serves

1 can of butter beans or other white bean, rinsed and drained
400ml of tomato passata
4 carrots, sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices which you then cut in half
3 sticks of celery, diced rustically
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
3 stock cubes of your fave persuasion – chicken or vegetable
a handful of fresh herbs
salt and pepper
a slosh of olive oil

  1. Slosh your olive oil into a large, heavy-based pot and then pile in the onion and celery. Sauté until the onion begins to soften.
  2. Tumble in the garlic, carrots and potato. Sauté for a minute or so until it’s all looking coated with oil and nice.
  3. Add the beans, tomato passata, stock cubes and herbs. Add the salt and pepper and herbs now too.
  4. Pour in enough water to cover plus an extra inch. Simmer for an hour or so or until the carrots are soft. A lot of the soup will evaporate, so add more water to taste … maybe throw in another stock cube.
  5. Taste, season and then ladle into bowls for your dinner. Yum!

Optional bonus ideas for this soup … Add bacon, if you eat meat, during step one. Serve with parmesan, on top, if you fancy. Add chilli! Add a handful of dried pasta at step 4, if you like. You can, of course, use stock instead of stock cubes. I’d go for 2 litres and a cup of water if you need an exact amount.

I’ll be back here tomorrow with something very cute and educational. Stay tuned!! This is my job for now!

x pip

PS: I’m asking for a bit of help. Sob.

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  • Reply Annette April 24, 2020 at 8:48 PM

    What a lovely recipe Pip. I think I’m going to make it this weekend. I don’t have any fresh herbs, but I have loads of dried ones, so I’ll use them liberally.

    Your blog is so lovely, thank you for all the love and work you put into it. ???

  • Reply Jojo March 26, 2020 at 9:01 AM

    Thanks Pip, your comment ‘many people hate the whole recipe preamble thing’ made me laugh; I’m one of those people. Thanks for the recipe (and brief intro 🙂

  • Reply HelenBeee March 26, 2020 at 12:04 AM

    Looks delicious!
    Ive been experimenting with my airfryer this afternoon and potatoes just in case I get to the shops and find the crisps aisle has no crisps. Go tpretty close too perfecting crisps feel much better knowing I now have a back up plan if crisps become scarce.

  • Reply Kate March 25, 2020 at 8:12 PM

    I’m embracing the comfort foods right now. This soup will be making an appearance maybe as early as tomorrow. I might even try and bake a bread to have with it.
    Thanks Pip
    Cheers Kate

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