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Supper Club: Hearty Tuscan bean soup


By Sarah Finnan
09th Oct 2023
Supper Club: Hearty Tuscan bean soup

Soup season is finally here, and Avoca has the perfect recipe to warm up after a day in the cold.

This Tuscan bean soup is sure to go down a treat with the whole family. Serve it up with a slice of fresh sourdough and enjoy!

Hearty Tuscan bean soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, finely diced
  • 75g/3oz streaky bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1.2 litres / 2 pints vegetable stock
  • 3x400g/14oz cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 110g/4oz canned cannellini beans, drained and well rinsed
  • 1 dessertspoon oregano

Method

  1. Sauté the onion in the olive oil for 10 minutes or until translucent.
  2. Add the celery, carrots and bacon and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the stock and the tomatoes.
  4. Season well, adding the bay leaf and sugar.
  5. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked but still al dente.
  6. Stir in the beans and oregano and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the bay leaf and serve with croutons. You can also add some pesto on top perhaps for additional flavours.