Creamy leek & bean soup

Creamy leek & bean soup

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(11 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4

This healthy, low-fat soup is based on the classic leek and potato, but cannellini beans replace the potatoes – as they contribute to your 5-a-day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal218
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre6g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 600g leeks, well washed and thinly sliced
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1l hot vegetable bouillon
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, drained
    Cannellini bean

    Cannellini bean

    can-a-leen-ee been

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

  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 100g baby spinach
  • 150ml full-fat milk

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the leeks and cook on a low-medium heat for 5 mins. Pour in the bouillon, tip in the beans, cover and simmer for 10 mins.

  2. Stir in the garlic and spinach, cover the pan and cook for 5 mins more until the spinach has wilted but still retains its fresh green colour.

  3. Add the milk and plenty of pepper, and blitz with a stick blender until smooth. Ladle into bowls and chill the remainder.

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winnann
22nd Jan, 2017
2.55
It tasted a bit like thin mushy peas. The kids were not very keen. I'd recommend the watercress and celeriac soup for a healthy, much tastier alternative at 255 calories.
LaPetiteCuisini...
21st Jan, 2017
5.05
I really enjoyed this soup! I accidentally bought two 300g tins of beans instead of 400g, so I added one small chopped potato to thicken it up a bit. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and it was great! I disagree with the comments about it being bland - you could really taste the garlic and the leeks in mine. 5 stars, would definitely make again.
silvestre
10th Jan, 2017
I made the leek and spinach soup this morning and I must confess it's the first soup I have ever made. It was also possibly the simplest thing I have ever made, great in itself but also absolutely delicious! I live in Italy and being able to buy the ingredients locally made it even more pleasurable.
christine_p
10th Jan, 2017
2.55
While it is filling, I also find it quite bland, adding plenty of salt helps but still not as good as the classic leek and potato.
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fit21red
9th Jan, 2017
Made this morning and thought it might be horrible with the beans, but I'm tucking into a bowl for my dinner and you can't taste them, so easy to make and tasty!! I tried to rate it four stars, but problem on site :-((( Thank you
kirstienic
8th Jan, 2017
A tasty soup, even my kids who are quite fussy and unadventurous about soup enjoyed it and asked for seconds. My son spiced his up a bit with some chilli flakes sprinkled on top. Site won't let me rate it, but I'd go 4 stars.
laurart
7th Jan, 2017
3.8
Reading some of the comments, I thought this might be a bit bland - however it turned out lovely and tasty! I used a chicken and a vegetable stock cube as I didnt have any boullion in. I also added garlic to the leeks. Really nice, will make again.
laurawd
5th Jan, 2017
2.55
This was a bit thin and tasteless for my liking, had to add salt to make it taste of much and that defeats the purpose of the healthiness.
jojohirst
4th Jan, 2017
Added lots of freshly ground black pepper and some salt to enhance the flavour, a little nutmeg could work too. Lovely bright green colour and filling soup.
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Dimitta
4th Jan, 2017
This soup is definitely bland. There's no taste to it. I made it work by using Bulgarian full-fat yogurt and I ate it with a piece of wholemeal homemade bread. And a bit more salt.. Still it's not my favorite one :)

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