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A Taste of Italy: Tuscan Soup

It goes without saying that Italians know how to cook. Pizza and pasta probably spring to mind, but what about soup? Not watery, flavourless soup, but hearty, tasty bowls of divine yumminess.

You’ll be able to knock today’s Sunday Served dish up in less than 45 minutes. It’s really easy and great value. As it bubbles away the smell of Italy will fill your kitchen, instantly transporting you there. Who needs plane tickets when you have soup?!

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Recipe: Tuscan Bean Soup

(serves four)

Ingredients:

♥ 15g unsalted butter

♥ 1 tablespoon of olive oil

♥ 1 onion

♥ 1 garlic clove

♥ 1 stick of celery

♥ 1 large carrot

♥ 1 large courgette

♥ 1 tin of mixed beans (approx 400g)

♥ 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (approx 400g)

♥ 500ml of vegetable stock

♥ 1 teaspoon of dried oregano

♥ 1 pinch of salt

♥ 3 tablespoons of green pesto

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Method:

♥ Peel and finely chop the onion, garlic clove, celery and carrot. Also roughly chop the courgette into small pieces. Arrange on a chopping board, with the courgettes at one end.

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♥ Melt the butter and oil in a large saucepan or big wok, on a medium heat.

♥ Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot to the pan for five-ten minutes.

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♥ Whilst they’re cooking, make your stock. Follow the instructions on your chosen product, but typically it is two spoonfuls for 500ml of boiling water.

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♥ Add the beans (including the water from the tin), the tomatoes, oregano and the stock to your pan.

♥ Stir the mixture together and then add your pinch of salt, as well as two heaped tablespoons of pesto. Stir it again and further season if you think it needs more.

♥ Bring to the boil and simmer for ten minutes.

♥ Add the courgettes to the pan and stir. Cook for a further five minutes.

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♥ Ladle the soup into bowls and put a dollop of pesto on top of each one.

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If you’re entertaining fellow Italy daydreamers serve with some delicious olive bread and these posts. If you’re keeping the goodness to yourself, cradle the bowl whilst soaking up the late evening sunlight. Simply put the spare bowls of soup in the fridge (covered with cling film) and use within one-two days.

Delizioso!

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Comments (5)

  • […] Tuscan Soup made by Char is the second recipe I would like to share. Soup is not an usual Christmas dish, but we had it a couple of years ago and I think it’s lovely addition. The soup is made with lots of veggies, like onion, celery, tomatoes, carrot, courgette and also beans, a colourful and light dish. […]

  • Mmm this looks super delicious! I love this kind of soup, so hearty and wholesome and love the idea of a dollop of pesto on top too :) I fell in love with Italian food in Capri too.

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    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Thanks, Bridget. It’s tastier than it looks too! I have a thing for pesto, so I’m glad you agree. You clearly have good taste ;) Ah, Capri – it’s on my wish list. I bet you had an amazing time and ate some delicious food.

  • Franca 5 years ago Reply

    This reminds me of how tasty Italian food can be even when it’s made with simple ingredients! I’m originally from the South of Italy, but I know this soup very well and love it.

    Taylor Hearts Travel 5 years ago Reply

    Oh wow, you must have a massive list of delicious recipes! I loved all of the Italian food that I tried in Puglia.

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