Hearty Italian bean soup

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Serves: 4

By LemonMagnolia

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  • 1 vegetable stock cube

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 large onion peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tin chopped tomato

  • 2 stalks celery washed and thinly sliced

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

  • 1 tin borlotti beans or cannellini beans

  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 carrot peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1/2-1 whole head of cabbage washed and finely shredded (preferably cavolo nero)

  • 1 bulb fennel thinly sliced


<ol> <li>Sautee the vegetables (except for the cabbage) in the olive oil for about 2 minutes.</li> <li>Add the tomatoes and the beans and stir well.</li> <li>Sprinkle over the stock cube and add enough water to cover the veggies by about an inch.</li> <li>Add the oregano and the vinegar and allow to cook for at least 30 minutes.</li> <li>Add the cabbage and cook for a further 10 minutes.</li> <li>Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve. A sprinkle of grated Parmesan on the top is delicious.</li> </ol>

Handy Hint

<p>Bulk out this soup by adding a couple of handfuls of soup pasta or even just by adding broken up spaghetti.</p>

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Starter

  • Main Course

  • Soup

  • Low fat

  • Make Ahead

  • carrot

  • tomato

  • italian

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  • ZombiePlanB 14/10/10 19:57

    I made this, with chicken stock and rather too much cabbage. It was delish. DH kept saying &#39;ooo this lovely, honey&#39; with an air of surprise. Oh and I simmered it for ages as I forgot about it. And used bay leaves instead of oregano as I don&#39;t like it. But it was authentic, honest!

  • franch 14/07/09 19:38

    Truly delicious and simplicity itself. I&#39;d add a bit more stock next time (I cooked it with the lid off) but otherwise it was perfect.

  • brunchbabe 26/03/09 20:16

    Ohhh, this was as yum as the posh one in the River Cafe Cookbook, but done in half the time. Leaving more time to MN...

  • LemonMagnolia 23/04/08 11:21

    A handful of chopped fresh basil added just before serving is delicious or a spoon of pesto swirled into it is good too.

  • LemonMagnolia 23/04/08 11:16

    This is a delicious, hearty soup that is easy to make and with the addition of pasta and a side of garlic toast is a meal in itself.