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Chilli bean soup

Chilli bean soup

This filling, mildly spicy main-meal soup is perfect for cold days

  • Cooking: 25 mins
  • Serves: 2

What you need:

  • Butter 25g (1oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Celery 2 sticks, sliced
  • Red pepper 1, deseeded and chopped
  • Chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Chopped tomatoes 400g can
  • Red kidney beans 220g can, drained
  • Vegetable stock cube 1, crumbled
  • Black treacle 1 tbsp
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What you do:

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the onion and celery and cook over a medium heat for 4 - 5 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften. Then add the red pepper to the pan and cook for a further 2 - 3 minutes. Add the chilli powder and cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans, stock cube, treacle and 175ml (6fl oz) water to the pan and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat, cover the pan and simmer the soup for 10 - 15 minutes, adjusting with some extra water if necessary. Season the soup to taste just before serving and ladle into warm bowls.

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