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    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    Easy Tomato and White Bean Soup - A Quick 'Healthy' lunch

    Once again, let's cook from the pantry and fridge
    We keep stuff in our pantry, it sits there for months, we should use it.
    Then replenish.
    This soup is so excellent and EASY.
    The bacon adds extra flavour...if you really want to be healthy, leave that out but I suggest you keep it in, it's what makes this soup different.

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 rashers streaky bacon
    1 onion finely chopped
    1 clove garlic finely chopped
    1/2 red pepper finely chopped
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1 teaspoon chili flakes
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 cup wine
    2 cans tomato chopped
    1 cup Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed.
    1 cup chicken stock ( you can use water)
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

    Garnish
    Basil and Coriander chopped

    Add 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan and gently fry 2 bacon rashers till crisp and the fat is rendered out

    Remove bacon chop and set aside.
    Add 1 finely chopped onion to fat
    Let it pick up all the tasty brown bits and sauté till soft
    Add garlic and red pepper
    Add sugar and chili flakes
    Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Add wine and let reduce

    Add tomatoes, beans and stock
    Bring to boil and simmer about 20 minutes
    Add balsamic vinegar

    Simmer for another 10 minutes

    Serve with chopped herbs and chopped bacon

    Or as an alternative serve with a spoonful of the Tonnato Sauce made for the Chicken
    Tonnato click here. and top with the herbs
    Both are excellent garnishes.

    I took some of Terry’s biscuits from the freezer see here
    A great accompaniment smothered with melted butter.
    The soup is so healthy, you can go overboard with the accompaniment.

    1 comment:

    Anali said...

    It has been so cold here lately! It is soup weather! I do have some white beans, but I think I might buy some crushed tomatoes for a quick soup. Good idea! : )