White bean and minestrone – a soup recipe for a Scottish summer.
It’s been a typical Scottish mid-summer week – rain clouds with occasional glimpses of warm sunshine.
Nat King Cole’s “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” don’t often apply in Scotland. Sure, we get a few hot days here and there. Days when a cool gazpacho or chilled borscht would nourish and satisfy. But for most days the Scottish climate has a more low-key approach to summer heat.
That’s why soup is a welcome (and warming) meal all 12 months of the Scottish year.
And this white bean minestrone is a perfect summer choice. Bursting with the flavours of summer, it’s healthy, delicious and easy to make.
White Bean Minestrone
- Large heavy-based soup pot with a lid
- 1 onions diced
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 leeks diced
- 2 sticks celery diced
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 125 grams lardon or pancetta diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 courgettes diced
- 50 grams tomato puree
- 400 grams tinned chopped tomatoes
- 250 grams Cooked white beans (a.k.a. Haricot or Navy beans) Drained canned beans are a good alternative to cooking the beans yourself
- 1 litres ham stock No ham stock? Chicken or vegetable stock cubes are the best substitutes
- ½ tsp herb de Provence
- 1 bay leaf
- Fry the lardons in the soup pot without any oil (they will release what they need)
- When the lardons are nicely browned add the olive oil, onions, carrots, celery, leek, tomato puree and garlic
- Stir, then cover and cook over a low heat until the vegetables are soft
- Add the ham stock, chopped tomatoes, bay leaf, and herb de Provence and bring to the boil
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes
- Add the courgettes and beans, bring the soup back to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 15 minutes
- Check the seasoning and serve
Nutrition information white bean minestrone recipe
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