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Butter bean and Sun-dried tomato soup

Do you ever get that rumbling feeling in your belly around lunch time but never know what to eat? Well you need wonder no longer! This soup is such a quick and easy dish to make (should not take longer than 30 minutes!), you’ll be full in no time. It also serves to keep those pesky tummy rumbles at bay  as the butter beans help you feel fuller and satisfied for longer.

This recipe serves 4 (or 1 for a few days, as it will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days!)

What you’ll need

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion

2 cloves of garlic

2x 425g can of butter beans

4 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste

900ml Vegetable stock

– approx. half a can of chopped tomatoes (depends how thick you like your soup)

– rosemary or thyme (dried or fresh, it’s up to you, either tastes good.)

– salt and pepper to taste

.::How it’s done:

  • Heat oil in saucepan. Add the onion and fry for 3 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and fry for two minutes.

  • Add the butter beans, sun-dried tomato paste, stock, chopped tomatoes, rosemary or thyme and a little pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10- 15 minutes.

**Top Tips**

This soup is so versatile there’s a whole host of different things you could try doing with it. Here’s just a few ideas that I have come up with over the years:

– When preparing stock try adding 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar. This brings the soup to a whole new level of deliciousness!

– If you’re a fan of chick peas, like I am, try substituting one can of butter beans for a can of chick peas. I’ve also added tofu to the dish too!

– For a thicker soup add why not add the whole can of tomatoes to the mix?

– There a whole host of different tomato pastes available at your supermarket, for example, tomato and chilli. Experiment!!

As you can see the world really is your oyster with this soup! Happy cooking!!


Hey there! Welcome to the Vegan Cooking portion of this little blog. As the name suggests, this is where you’ll find some tasty vegan recipes for you to (hopefully!) salivate over and then have a bash at making yourself.
::.How to use this section:

Before we get down to business let’s just explain a little on how you should use this section of the blog. The main purpose of this section is to get rid of this absurd notion that vegans only eat nuts and lettuce and show you that vegan cooking is far from drab and boring. We hope what you find here inspires you in your own culinary adventures. It is for this reason that the recipes contained here need not be followed religiously. In fact it is strongly advised that you simply use the recipes as mere stepping stones to aid you in your own culinary quests. So don’t panic if you find a recipe you like the look of but don’t have some of the ingredients just substitute them for something you do have, you never know you might make an improvement and turn a dish into something out of this world that excites your taste buds. Although there is the possibility that it turns out in utter disaster, but hey, that’s all part of the journey. Learning what works and what doesn’t. So we hope that the recipes you find here help you discover a whole new way of thinking about food and helps to open up a whole new world of tastes. You’re taste buds will have never had it so good!

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