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Monday 11 December 2017

Tuscan-style winter vegetable soup ... so warming

Well, it's certainly chilly and very wintry in most parts of the UK today. A warming bowl of soup could just be the thing to enjoy. I have shared this recipe before, but it's always worth another post! Some readers may find Cannellini beans a little 'carby', so as always dear reader it is important to note, that a variety of recipe ideas are within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

However, if you feel you'd like to give this recipe idea a try here is what you will need for four servings:
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 parsnip, chopped
1 onion, chopped ingredient
1 leek, white and pale green parts only, sliced and rinsed
2 tbsp olive oil
400g tin cannellini beans, drained
50g (2oz) grated cauliflower
1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock
150g (5oz) kale or cavolo nero, shredded
25g (1oz) Parmesan, finely grated
3 tbsp green pesto

1. In a large saucepan, cook the garlic, celery, carrot, parsnip, onion and leeks gently in the olive oil for 10 minutes. Keep the heat low and stir often, until soft, but not browned.
2. Stir in the drained cannellini beans and grated cauliflower, followed by the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the beans begin to break down.
3. Crush some beans with the back of a spoon to further thicken the soup. Stir in the shredded cavolo nero or kale and simmer for a final 5 minutes, adding a little water if it becomes too thick. Stir in half the pesto and half the cheese, dividing the soup between bowls and serving the remaining pesto and cheese on top of each bowlful.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines:
Make the soup, then leave to cool at room temperature. Freeze (without garnishes or toppings) in a rigid container, leaving a bit of space for expansion, for up to 1-3 months. Reheat either from frozen or defrost in the fridge overnight. Once piping hot, add toppings or garnishes and serve.

Adapted from an original Tesco Real Food recipe here
It certainly is a warming and tasty bowlful, full of vegetable goodness ... 

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

Looks delicious Jan. Do you have a carb or nutrition breakdown please.


Tom said... good on a cold day.

Jo said...

This is a perfect meal for winter days such as we've got now, it looks delicious.

Martha said...

This is perfect for a cold day...the kind we are having today!

Lowcarb team member said...

Tina said:
Looks delicious Jan. Do you have a carb or nutrition breakdown please.

Hello Tina
Nutrition breakdown from the original recipe idea is:-
Carbohydrate 32.2g Protein 10.9g Fibre 9.1g Fat 13.1g

You can also use the link on my post to see more information.
This really can be a warming and tasty bowl!

Many thanks for your comment.

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this looks hearty and delicious. Great for a cold day,, thanks for sharing.

Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That looks amazing! We bought some of the best shredded sharp cheeses at a whole foods store and they are good for dishes like this! Hugs!

Mac n' Janet said...

This looks so rich and warm, will give it a try.

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds VERY yummy! Hugs, Valerie

Christine said...

This looks so comforting, reminds me I have 2 cauliflowers in the fridge.

Sandy said...

Perfect for winter! I saved this to make later in the week. Thank you very much.

Lorrie said...

Hearty hot soups like this are a mainstay on our table in winter. Stay warm - I see that the UK is cold and snowy!

Anonymous said...

this looks so good, and its a snowstorm here so its perfect!
Thank you so much for visiting, I recognized you from when I was blogging before, I have clicked to follow again,, I won't miss any of your posts!!

Elephant's Child said...

Yum. Way too hot here at the moment, but a recipe to remember.

Lisabella Russo said...

That looks so delicious, thanks so much!

Catarina said...

I make something is delicious.

Lee said...

I love any time of the yer. I've had a craving (one I've been fulfilling) for chicken-corn chowder of late...and loving it! :)

Carla from The River said...

I am making soup each week, it is chilly here in Northwest Wisconsin. I appreciate your recipes.
Happy Christmas!!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Soup is so warm and cozy during the winter months. Jan, your recipe looks amazing! I must use your lovely recipe soon. ♥

Gloria Baker said...

Love this vegetable soup!

Debbie said...

this is a great recipe...we have been eating a lot of soup!!!

Magic Love Crow said...

Looks so good! Thanks Jan! Big Hugs!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely soup.