French Beans impart great flavour and a very impressive texture to any
soup. Add the taste burst of chorizo to the mixture and you have a
soup which could easily be served in a top class restaurant.
French Beans (also called fine or filet beans)
500g / 1lb 2oz
2 medium (approx. 400g / 14oz)
125g / 4½oz
1 litre / 1¾ pint
1 teaspoons dried, 2 teaspoons fresh
Salt and pepper
1 Large pan
1 Frying pan
Roughly chop the French Beans (top and tail them if
not already done), the peel the potatoes and cut them into rough 4cm
/ 2½in cubes.
Add hot stock, the beans and potatoes to a pan,
bring to the boil then simmer for 25 minutes. Mix the soup every ten
minutes or so.
While the soup is cooking, chop the chorizo into
bite sized chunks. Add them to a frying pan and cook on a medium to
low heat for 12 minutes turning frequently.
Turn the heat off and keep the chorizo and the fat from it in the
When the soup has finished cooking liquidise it for
a minute. Pour back into the pan and add the chorizo and all the fat
that has come from it. Add the herbs, then taste the soup and season
with salt and pepper to taste. Re- heat and serve with chunky French
bread and a parsley garnish if available.