AVOCA's Tuscan Bean Soup is the perfect thing to cook when the weather is like this 1 month ago

AVOCA's Tuscan Bean Soup is the perfect thing to cook when the weather is like this

It's cold out there.

And when the weather drops to below freezing, we don't know about you, but we definitely start craving all the comfort food. Like hot, steamy delicious soups.

Feeling hungry there?

AVOCA has just shared their Tuscan Bean Soup recipe with us, and it's the perfect recipe to warm you up while maintaining the January health kick. Serve it with some pesto on top and crusty bread on the side for a delicious weekend lunch.

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 large carrots, finely diced
  • 75g/3oz streaky bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1.2 litres / 2 pints vegetable stock
  • 3x400g/14oz cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A pinch of sugar
  • 110g/4oz canned cannellini beans, drained and well rinsed
  • 1 dessertspoon oregano

Method

  1. Sauté the onion in olive oil for 10 minutes or until translucent
  2. Add the celery, carrots and bacon and cook for 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the stock and the tomatoes
  4. Season well, adding the bay leaf and sugar
  5. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked but still al dente
  6. Stir in the beans and oregano and cook for 5 minutes
  7. Remove the bay leaf and serve with croutons. You can also add some pesto on top for additional flavour