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Italian-style bean soup

Italian-style bean soup

Tasty and delicious Italian bean soup that takes only 30 minutes to make, is suitable for vegetarians and can be frozen for future use!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Calories per portion: 558 Kcal
Fat per portion: 23g of which saturated 5g,
Serves: 1
Suitable for vegetarians and freezing

What you need:

  • Olive oil 1 tbsp
  • Onion 1 small, peeled and chopped
  • Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
  • Chopped tomatoes 227g can
  • Dried oregano 1/2 tsp
  • Kidney beans 220g can, drained and rinsed
  • Vegetable stock 300ml (1/2 pint)
  • Green beans 75g (3oz) topped, tailed and halved
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Ciabatta roll 1, sliced open
  • Pesto sauce 2 tbsp

What you do:

  1. Heat the oil in a small saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 4-5 minutes until softened but not browned. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano and kidney beans. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer very gently for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pour the stock into another small saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the green beans, cover and cook for 5 minutes until just tender. Add the cooking stock along with the cooked beans to the tomato mixture. Stir well, season and keep warm over a low heat while preparing the toasts.
  3. Preheat the grill to hot. Line the grill tray with foil and arrange the ciabatta on the foil. Cook under the grill for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted. Spread with pesto sauce and grill for a few seconds longer until piping hot.
  4. Ladle the soup into a warm bowl and eat immediately with the toasted pesto ciabatta.

Handy cook's tip

Once pesto sauce is opened, keep it sealed in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in accordance to the manufacturer's instructions.

Handy shopper's tip

For added convenience, use ready prepared frozen green beans.

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