Serves 8, 175 calories per serving
This year I’ve developed a deep love for hearty warming soups, bringing cosyness in wintery evening. This is hands down my favourite, and it’s amazingly easy to perfect.
What you need:
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 red onion
- 2 carrots
- 1 courgette
- 1 small leek
- 1 large potato
- 1 x 400 g tin of cannellini beans
- 1 fresh bay leaf
- 2 x 400 g tins of tomatoes
- 1 litre vegetable stock
- 1 large bunch green or purple kale
- 100 g (wholemeal) pasta (this will get smashed up, so odds and ends are fine)
- ½ a bunch of fresh basil
- Parmesan cheese (optional, not included in calorie count)
It’s really simple:
- Peel and finely chop the garlic and onion. Roughly chop the carrots and courgette, then add the vegetables to a very large pan on a low heat.
- Cut the ends off the leek, wash it under running water, then cut into 1cm slices. Add to the pan with the other vegetables along with the bay leaf and cook slowly for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened, stirring occasionally.
- Dice the potato, drain the beans, then set them both aside until the vegetables in the pan have softened.
- When ready, add the potato, beans and plum tomatoes to the pan, then pour in the vegetable stock and stir well.
- Cover with a lid and bring everything slowly to the boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the potato is cooked through.
- Whilst the pan is cooking, remove and discard the centre stalks from the kale, then roughly chop.
- Using a rolling pin, bash the pasta into pieces (wrap it in a clean tea towel to avoid mess).
- To check the potato is cooked, pierce a chunk of it with a sharp knife – if it pierces easily, it’s done.
- Add the kale and pasta to the pan, and cook for a further 10 minutes, until the pasta is cooked.
- If it’s becoming too thick, you can add a splash more stock or water to loosen, if needed.
- Pick some basil leaves and stir through. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
- Be the cosiest person in the world, and the envy of your colleagues next lunch time.