Autumns leaves blew hard and fast this weekend, with a threat of winter and summer becoming a distant memory. Salad days have turned into rain and soup days. Days when all I really want to do is get into my pj's, grab a bowl of soul healing soup and watch Carry on Constable (other 'Carry On' films are available!). However my wife continually reminds me that I have to go to work! So, on such 'dreich' days I make a beeline to my warm kitchen to rustle up a simple, nourishing and warming bowl of goodness. I think I am just getting old, but I can't say I'm looking forward to 6 months of piling on layer upon layer of clothing to go about my daily business. I think my misery has been compounded by the news report this morning that suggested snow may arrive as early as November this year and hang around like a long lost relative 'popping in' over Xmas, until February! To satisfy my soul I put together this simple, adaptable and nourishing soup.
I got my borlotti's and kale from the ever dependable and ever lovely Tamsin at Bosley Patch.
1 medium size onion, diced.
2/3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 carrot, diced
I stick of celery, diced
3 handfuls of fresh borlotti beans
1 clove of garlic, whole, peeled.
2 bay leaves
Tin of chopped tomatoes
Dark leafy greens. I've used purple stem kale from the fabulous Bosley Patch
Tbsps of sage and rosemary
Small bunch of chopped flat leaf parsley
Pinch of chilli flakes
Cover the beans with water, add the garlic cloves and bay leaves.
Bring to a boil then immediately reduce to a simmer. The beans need to be soft but holding their form.
In a separate pan add a glug of olive oil.
Gently sauté the onions, garlic, carrot and celery until softened.
Add the tin of tomatoes, fill the tin up with water and add that
Add the herbs and a good turn of salt and pepper
Let this bubble away.
When the beans are ready add them to the tomato mix
Add enough of the bean 'water' to get the soup to the consistency you want it.
Add the leafy greens, bring the soup back to a rumble.
Serve with a swirl of olive oil, and some crusty bread.