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Tuscan bean soup

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This hearty soup makes a filling and nutritious meal, and is easily adaptable to include your favourite vegetables.
Serves
4
Prep
10 minutes
Cook
15 minutes
Each 396g serving contains (excludes serving suggestion)
KCal
139
Carbs
18.70g
Fibre
7.50g
Protein
7.30g
Fat
4.40g
Saturates
0.40g
Sugars
8.90g
Salt
0.80g
Portion Fruit & Veg
3
Ingredients
Ingredients
dash olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 carrot, diced
500ml gluten-free vegetable stock
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 cabbage leaves, chopped
1 heaped tsp oregano
half tsp thyme
400g tin borlotti beans, drained
2–4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp pesto
black pepper, a shaving of cheese, and sprigs of fresh basil, to serve
Method
  1. Add the oil to a pan and mix in the onion, pepper and carrot. Stir regularly for 5 minutes until starting to brown.&nbsp
  2. Add the stock, tomatoes, cabbage, oregano, thyme, and beans. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, add a lid and simmer for 10 minutes.&nbsp
  3. Put into bowls, add a blob of pesto to each and sprinkle with plenty of black pepper. To serve, add a shaving of cheese, if liked, and a sprig of fresh basil, to garnish.
Chefs tips
  • Like many traditional recipes, this soup tends to be made with whatever is available. You can add all sorts of vegetables, such as pumpkin, courgettes or celery, or add different beans, pasta, or even meat, such as ham.
  • Borlotti beans are low in fat, packed with dietary fibre and a good source of protein and folate.
  • Using strong flavoured cheese, such as Parmesan, Gran Padano or Cheddar, means that you can use less of it in your cooking, but still enjoy great taste.
  • Freezing instructions: Freeze in portions then defrost in the fridge, or defrost in a microwave stirring regularly.
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