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Broad bean and vegetable soup with bacon

Recipe from: 10/1/2006 12:00:00 AM

Ingredients 13
Servings 6
Time 25


  • 3
    fresh broad beans (about 1,5kg once shelled)
  • 45
    olive oil
  • 2
    onions, finely chopped
  • 3
    carrots, finely chopped
  • 3
    celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2
    leeks, white parts only, chopped
  • 2
    potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 125
    rindless bacon, chopped
  • 2
    garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4
    salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 500
    home-made chicken stock
  • 100
    olive oil (for garnish)
  • 100
    Parmesan cheese (for garnish)


1. Shell and skin the broad beans. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion, carrots, celery and leeks until soft and shiny.

2. Add the potatoes, bacon and garlic and stir-fry for another minute or two before adding the broad beans. Stir-fry the beans until they are covered with vegetables and oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

3. Add just enough chicken stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to the boil and simmer the vegetables for about 20 minutes or until the beans are soft. Add more stock if necessary.

4. Pour half the soup into a food processor and process to form a thick purée before returning it to the remaining soup in the saucepan. Add more chicken stock if the soup is too thick.

5. Place the soup in bowls, drizzle olive oil over each one and, finally, garnish with Parmesan cheese.


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