Saturday, 27 November 2010

Cajun Bean Soup

It's snowing! And of course with that, it's freezing, and I need feeding when I'm cold.

I love 'big' soups at this time of the year. None of your thin, texture-less efforts please. I want big chunks of meat and vegetables, a soup you can stand your spoon up in, almost like a meal in a bowl.

Soups are simple to knock up and this spicy Cajun spiced one is no exception. Delicious, healthy, filling and sustaining, it's just what you need when walking into the house with an inch of snow on your head. Eat with crisp tortilla chips and a spoon of yoghurt.

Cajun Bean Soup
Feeds 4

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 carrot, cubed
1 celery stick, cubed
1 red pepper, deseeded and cubed
1 tbsp Cajun seasoning or 1 tsp each of cumin, ground ginger and dried thyme and a pinch of chilli
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 400ml tin of tomatoes
300ml vegetable stock
1 tin of red kidney beans
A handful of green beans, sliced into chunks

1 - Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook for 5 minutes until starting to soften. Add the garlic and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2 - Add the spices, potato, tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer for 15 minutes until the potato has softened.
3 - Add the beans for the final 5 minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
4 - Taste for seasoning. Serve with yoghurt and tortilla chips.


bellini valli said...

With a blanket of snow outside this would be very comforting David.

cackster said...

Dying to try the strong flavours in this one after shoveling myself out of the driveway!

Steve said...

really its so awesome and i really try this soup...thanks for this winters all people love soups so i love your post...definitely i will try this

Eating places said...

Oh my goodness, I have just found your blog and I think I love it. I will try this at my home.