Comforting Cannellini Bean and Veggie Soup
Mum's always do the best soups. I know for me if I feel unwell or in need of a little comforting nothing beats my Mum's ( or mother-in-laws) soups! This one is tweaked from something my mother makes and I hope you get the same loving feeling I get when I have it.
2 carrots diced
3 stems of celery diced
1 brown onion chopped finely
2 minced garlic cloves
2-3 potatoes diced
2 cans of cannellini beans, rinsed ( or even better cook them up fresh before)
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley chopped
3 spring onions chopped
2 teaspoons of rosemary finely chopped
2 teaspoons of thyme finely chopped
big dash of olive oil
2 litres of vegetable stock
OPTIONAL- 1 cup of spiral pasta of your choice.
6 cups of baby spinach ( or I use 4-5 big handfuls)
1 cup of blanched almonds
1 minced garlic clove
1 teaspoon of miso paste
1/3 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1 lemon squeezed
1/4 cup of parley
Heat the garlic, onion and oil in a large saucepan for 5 minutes or until brown and soft
Mix in the carrots, celery, potato, rosemary, thyme and salt and pepper. Mix and let heat for another 5 minutes
Add the stock, beans and pasta. Cook for another 10 minutes.
Add the parsley and spring onions and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Blitz all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Serve with a tablespoon of the pistou in a bottom of a bowl and soup on top. It gives the best burst of flavours as you eat!