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


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

Handy Hint

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

Additional Information

  • Make Ahead

  • Soup

  • italian

  • tomato

  • carrot

  • Main Course

  • Starter

  • Low fat

  • Vegetarian

  • Gluten Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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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 'ooo this lovely, honey' 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't like it. But it was authentic, honest!

  • franch 14/07/09 19:38

    Truly delicious and simplicity itself. I'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.