Preparation Time:  15 minutes  Cooking Time:  1 hour 40 mins
 How Difficult Easy  Freeze?   Yes

4 portions



How Much
French Beans (also called fine or filet beans) 350g / 12Żoz

1 medium (approx. 250g / 9oz)

Onion 1 medium
Ripe tomatoes 4 medium
Garlic cloves 3
Vegetable stock - fresh or water and two stock cubes 1 litre / 560ml
Tomato puree concentrate 2 tablespoons
White wine (optional, use water instead). 5 tablespoons
Basil 1 teaspoon dried / 2 teaspoons fresh
Oregano 1 teaspoon dried / 2 teaspoons fresh
Olive oil 3 tablespoons
Salt and pepper To taste

1 Large pan

Onions frying First, a bit of simple multi-tasking! Top and tail the onion and then peel it. Chop the onion up and add it to the large pan with the olive oil on a lowish heat.

Let the onions fry gently for 12 minutes turning every few minutes to ensure they are evenly cooked. You want the onions to be softened during this cooking but don't let them turn brown.

Add the potato, French beans, tomatoes, tomato puree, stock, and white wine to the onions and bring them to a boil.

Now turn down the heat to low and cook the soup on a low heat (just simmering) for 45 minutes stirring a couple of times.

French Bean soup cooking

Add the garlic, basil and oregano to the soup and then pour it into a food liquidiser - you will probably need to do this in two separate lots. Liquidise for a minute or so.

Pour back into the pan and reheat for a minute or so. Garnish with herbs (parsley is good) if you have any.