Saturday, 18 October 2014

Butterbean and veg soup: Thermomix and frugal

Another in my series of 'same but different'.

This is like the lentil and veg soup but with butterbeans instead and it is thick,  warming and extremely tasty.  Here we go - for Thermione as always but easily adapted to conventional methods.

The butterbeans I used were home cooked and frozen.  There were 270g's worth of butterbeans with a little of the cooking liquor to stop them drying out.

half a bag of Morrison's veg soup mix (a mix of leek, swede, celery and carrot)
one smallish onion, chopped small.
a knob of soft butter
270g cooked butterbeans
2 knorr chicken stock pots
half tsp crushed garlic
boiling water
pepper (no salt - the stock is salty enough)
boiling water

Put the veg and the chopped onion in the bowl with the chopped onion.  Add the knob of butter and zizz on reverse speed 2 or 3 to coat the veg in butter.

Saute on 100, reverse speed 2 or 3 for 10 mins, occasionally pushing down the sides of the bowl.

Add the garlic, butterbeans, pepper and enough boiling water to take it up to the 1.5 litre mark.
Cook on varoma heat, 20 mins, speed 2 or 3.

Allow to cool for a short time, then blend on top speed (get there gradually) for one minute, then reduce the speed gradually.  The soup should be thick, silky smooth and delicious.

Serve with grated cheese or a blob of cream or yogurt.  Delicious.

Oh, and it has made six 250 ml portions, so a good serving for four.

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