The weather seems to be turning chilly again and I am hankering after soup..but a hearty one! This recipe, using cooked ham, canned beans and shredded cabbage fits the bill perfectly. You can use other canned beans and pulses like butterbeans, chickpeas or kidney beans. A little grated Parmesan over the top and crusty Ciabatta bread makes it a wonderful and flavoursome one-pot meal.
HAM AND BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP WITH TOMATO
Fry Light cooking spray
1 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
150g cooked ham or gammon, diced
1 litre hot chicken stock
400g can chopped tomatoes with basil
400g can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
150g Savoy or cavalo nero cabbage, finely shredded
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Spray a large saucepan with Fry Light. Add the onion and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, until softened.
2. Add the ham and cook for 1 minute. Add the stock and tomatoes, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes, until reduced by about a quarter in volume.
3. Using a ladle, place about one-third of the soup in a food processor or blender and blitz to make a thick puree. Return to the pan and mix well.
4. Return the pan to a high heat, add 250ml boiling water and the beans. Bring to the boil then add the cabbage. Simmer for 3 minutes or until the cabbage is just tender. Season to taste and serve.
WLS PORTION: 1/2
* suitable for freezing
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