With the drop in temperatures, AVOCA’s Tuscan Bean Soup is the perfect recipe to warm you up while maintaining the January health kick. Serve it with some pesto on top and crusty bread on the side for a delicious weekend lunch!

Ingredients:

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 celery sticks, finely diced

2 large carrots, finely diced

75g/3oz streaky bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces

3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1.2 litres / 2 pints vegetable stock

3x400g/14oz cans of chopped tomatoes

1 bay leaf

A pinch of sugar

110g/4oz canned cannellini beans, drained and well rinsed

1 dessertspoon oregano

 

Method:

  1. Sauté the onion in olive oil for 10 minutes or until translucent
  2. Add the celery, carrots and bacon and cook for 5 minutes
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the stock and the tomatoes
  4. Season well, adding the bay leaf and sugar
  5. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked but still al dente
  6. Stir in the beans and oregano and cook for 5 minutes
  7. Remove the bay leaf and serve with croutons. You can also add some pesto on top for additional flavour

 

About AVOCA:

AVOCA comprises 13 stores and is famed for their award-winning cafes, luxury homewares, fashion, accessories and gifting ranges.  Established in 1723 as a handweaving company, AVOCA continues today to produce quality wool products from the original site at AVOCA, Co. Wicklow.  AVOCA stocks a wide range of Irish and international fashion brands.