The perfect lunch: Tomato & bean soup

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I’m not sure I’ve met a soup that I didn’t like. Perhaps I have but my brain has decided not to store that memory. There’s something soothing about soup, like it has magic, make-you-better type properties. And making it feels nourishing too.

This one is robust enough to actually feel like a meal, not a light little starter. It’s a boy-friendly soup too, gutsy enough to keep them satisfied, especially when served with a nice, warm bread roll.

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
4 slices pancetta {or bacon}, chopped
1 leek (white part only), rinsed, finely chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 tbs rosemary leaves, chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
410g canned crushed tomatoes
5 cups chicken stock
2 x 400g canned borlotti beans, drained, rinsed

♥ In a large saucepan heat the oil. Add the pancetta or bacon, leek, carrot and rosemary. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes until the vegetables soften.
♥ Add the tomato paste and cook for another minute. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and chicken stock.
♥ Bring the soup to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, then add the borlotti beans and cook for a further 5 minutes.
♥ Cool slightly and roughly puree the soup using a stick blender. I like mine a bit rustic so I do a half-assed job of it, leaving a few chunky bits here and there.
♥ Serves 4. Serve with delicious bread and a bit of butter {if you’re feeling indulgent!}.

What’s your favourite soup? Share one you think I should make friends with, and I’ll give it a try.


  1. Tiia says

    There are two soups I really, really can’t eat; borsch and minestrone. Especially vegetable mush soups are on my love list. My favourite must be creamy spinach soup with boiled egg in it.

  2. says

    I love soup – I eat it for lunch almost all year round, even in the height of Summer! Crazy, I know but I just love it too much! I think the best soup ever is my Auntie Sandra’s Chicken Soup. It’s her secret recipe, although now not so secret as it’s on my blog (with her permission of course!) It’s the ultimate soup for the soul. Everyone who tastes it falls in love at first slurp!

  3. tashie says

    my son’s mate came down with a cold that was making the rounds and he gave him a call to see how he was going, I overheard my lovely boy tell him “it’s alright bro I’ll get mum to make you some chicken soup I don’t know what’s in it but it just makes everything better” my magic ingredient is love ♥

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