Butter Bean, Leek and Bacon Soup
Butter beans make an excellent thick and wonderfully creamy soup and have the added advantage of absorbing other flavours extremely well.
400g / 14oz can of 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 finely chopped
1 litre / 1½ pints water
150ml / 5fl oz milk
Handful of parsley to garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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.
Ingredients for Butter Bean, Leek and Bacon soup
Heat up one of the tablespoons of oil in a largish pan and cook the bacon for about 5 minutes till it is slightly crispy and golden brown.STEP 2
Heat the butter and the rest of the oil in the saucepan with the bacon and add the chopped onions, garlic, leek and celery. Stir well and coat everything in the butter and # oil and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes.
Cooking vegetables for soup
Add all the other ingredients (except the milk) to the 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.STEP 4
Serve immediately and sprinkle the top with freshly chopped parsley. Absolutely delicious with warm crusty bread.
Butter Bean, Leek andd Bacon Soup in a bowl
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!!
Eating Butter bean, Leek and Bacon Soup
|13 January 2021||From: Jess|
|I like it coz it's simple.|