Cappuccino of white beans

Cappuccino of white beans

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Ready in 2-2¼ hours, plus overnight


Makes just over 2 litres/3½ pints
Let Gordon Ramsay take the mystery out of making soup with cappuccino froth

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal449
  • fat27g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs35g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre12g
  • protein15g
  • salt0.35g
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  • 250g dry cannellini bean or haricot beans, soaked overnight and drained
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

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    Slightly kidney-shaped with squarish ends, cannellini beans are from Italy and are creamy white…

  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 small carrot, roughly chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 bay leaf and a sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 100g fresh wild mushroom (such as ceps or morels) or chestnut mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 25g butter, plus an extra knob of cold butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 142ml carton double cream
  • a few drops of truffle oil, optional, but good


  1. Cover the beans with cold water, add the onion, carrot and herbs. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes until tender.

  2. Remove 3-4 tbsp of the nearly cooked beans and set aside for serving. Continue to cook the rest for another 10-20 minutes or so until very soft, topping up with more boiling water if necessary. Drain and discard the vegetables and herbs. Place the beans in a food processor and whizz to a purée until creamy. It may be easier to purée half at a time, ladling in some of the stock to slacken the mixture and get it going. Stop the machine after 2-3 minutes, scrape down with a spatula, correct the seasoning, add a bit more stock and buzz again. The longer you leave it puréeing, the smoother it will become; 4-5 minutes should do it. Return to the same pan. Stir in the stock and seasoning, bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.

  3. Brush the mushrooms to remove any soil then slice down them for the best shape, but not too thinly or they will shrivel when cooking. Heat a non-stick pan until quite hot, add the oil, then the mushrooms, and sauté until they start to colour. Now add the 25g/1oz of butter and continue to sauté until just cooked. Keep the heat in the pan high, as you want to roast rather than boil them. Season and drain.

  4. Rub the soup through a fine sieve with the back of a ladle for a fine velvety texture. Return to the pan and stir in the cream. As the mixture almost comes to the boil, add the truffle oil, if using. (If you add the oil when the mixture is cold, it may split.)

  5. When ready to serve, divide the reserved beans (they don’t need re-heating) and mushrooms between warmed soup cups. Add the knob of butter to the near-boiling soup then froth with a hand blender (do this for 4-5 minutes to get it really light) then slowly pour the soup into the cups from a ladle to three quarters full, wiping the ladle over the edge of the pan so the soup doesn’t drip. Hold back the froth in the pan then scoop that on top of the cups to serve.

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greedy guts
13th Jan, 2016
Absolut ely delicious even if you don't froth it. A very delicate, subtle soup.
9th Dec, 2009
is there bacon on this picture D: ?
9th Dec, 2009
is there bacon on this picture D: ?
29th Oct, 2009
This went down extremely well at a dinner party with friends. It's easy enough to make and tastes lovely!
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