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Butter Bean, Leek and Bacon Soup

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Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge.
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Butter beans make an excellent thick and wonderfully creamy soup and have the added advantage of absorbing other flavours extremely well.

Soak the beans overnight by covering them with cold water, or you can boil them for 10 minutes then leave them to soak for 2 hours before making the soup. Whichever way you choose do remember to drain them off before cooking.

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  30 mins  Cooking Time:  1 hour
 How Difficult  Medium  Freeze?  Yes
 Servings

4 portions<


Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge.
For illustration only, rely on ingredients list below

INGREDIENTS

225g / 8oz dried butter beans
110g / 4oz smoked streaky bacon
2 tablespoons of oil
1 bay leaf
25g / 1oz butter
1 onion finely chopped
1 leek cleaned, trimmed and finely chopped
2 small stick of celery finely chopped
1 garlic clove
1 litre / 1 pints water
150ml / 5fl oz milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation Before Cooking
Preferably soak the beans overnight by covering them with cold water and drain them before use.

Start by cleaning and finely chopping the vegetables.

This part is rather tedious, it takes quite a while to chop the the veg, but it is worthwhile as it takes less time for the soup to cook.
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge.

Special Cooking Equipment
None required for this recipe.

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COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. Now, heat up one of the tablespoons of oil in a medium pan and cook the bacon for about 5 minutes till it is lightly crispy and golden brown.

 
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. The next step is to add the bay leaf, 1 pints (1 litre) of water to the pan along with the soaked butter beans.

  
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. Bring the mixture to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 25 minutes or until the beans are tender.  Skim off any scum that appears on the surface.

  
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. Heat the butter and the rest of the oil in another saucepan and add the remaining chopped vegetables.  Stir well and coat everything in the butter and oil and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes until they are soft.

  
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. Tip everything into one pan and mix together well, throwing away the bay leaf. Next add the garlic, cover and simmer for a further 10 minutes until the beans and vegetables are really soft.  Mash the beans against the side of the pan with a fork, this allows the beans to thicken the soup.  Pour in the milk and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and stir well.

  
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. Serve immediately and sprinkle the top with freshly chopped parsley. Absolutely delicious with warm crusty bread.

  
Butter bean, leek and bacon recipe. Click to enlarge. How's this for a recommendation from our 7 years old tester. He's never had this before but he lapped it up and came back for seconds!!

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1 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE 5 star rating
13 January 2011 From: Not Given
I like it coz it's simple.

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