Tuscan bean soup

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This is a quick hearty soup for supper (enough for 3).

  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 1 medium carrot (diced)
  • 1 stick celery (diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and chopped)
  • 200g passata (or half a tin of chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 litre hot water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon vegi-stock powder
  • large pinch of oregano
  • 1 large courgette (sliced)
  • 2 handfuls of pasta (something similar to macaroni is good, but any pasta will do)
  • about 20 green beans (topped, and cut in half)
  • 1 tin borlotti beans (drained)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 80g finely grated Parmigiano (or strong cheddar)

Heat a small amount of oil in a large saucepan. Add the diced onion, carrot and celery, and fry gently for about 5 minutes (this is the Italian ‘soffritto‘ which is the basis of many Italian dishes). Add the garlic and fry for another 2 minutes.

Add the passata. the hot water, the stock powder and the oregano. Stir and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the courgette and continue to simmer.

After 5 minutes add the pasta and simmer more rapidly for about 7 minutes. The add the green beans and simmer for another 2 minutes, then add the borlotti beans and simmer for about 2 more minutes.

Make sure the pasta is cooked (if not simmer a little longer). Then add black pepper to taste, and serve with grated cheese.

 

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