- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 4
A cross between a soup and a stew, this healthy French dish is packed with vegetables and beans - perfect as a light lunch. If making ahead it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2 leeks , finely sliced
- 1 large courgette , finely diced
- 1l boiling vegetable stock (made from scratch or with reduced-salt bouillon)
- 400g can cannellini or haricot beans , drained
- 200g green beans , chopped
- 3 tomatoes , chopped
- 3 garlic cloves , finely chopped
- small pack basil
- 40g freshly grated parmesan
- STEP 1
Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the leeks and courgette for 5 mins to soften. Pour in the stock, add three-quarters of the haricot beans with the green beans, half the tomatoes, and simmer for 5-8 mins until the vegetables are tender.
- STEP 2
Meanwhile, blitz the remaining beans and tomatoes, the garlic and basil in a food processor (or in a bowl with a stick blender) until smooth, then stir in the Parmesan. Stir the sauce into the soup, cook for 1 min, then ladle half into bowls or pour into a flask for a packed lunch. Chill the remainder. Will keep for a couple of days.
GARLIC'S HEALTH BENEFITS
Chopping, grating or crushing garlic activates the compound allicin, thought to have a wide range of health benefits.
This recipe will make enough for two days - simply keep the leftovers in the fridge.