Friday, February 3, 2023

Leek & Butterbean Soup with Rosemary Croutons

By: The Food Hunter

When I saw this soup posted on Joe Woodhouse's Instagram I knew I would be making it soon. Woodhouse is the author of Your Daily Veg, a delicious compilation of vegetable dishes. I was able to track down the full recipe on British Leeks, and after a quick trip to the grocery, I set out to give it a try. 

The soup was incredible and came together in mere minutes. I will be adding this to my winter warmer dinner rotation going forward.

Leek & ButterBean Soup with Rosemary Croutons  

(adapted from Joe Woodhouse)

Serves 2

300g sourdough bread, cut into 3cm cubes
60g or 4 tbsp olive oil
5 stalks of rosemary
1/2 red onion, roughly diced
1-2 large leeks, whites sliced into 1-2cm rounds
2 cups stock
1 can butterbeans, drained
1-2 tbsps cider vinegar
Sea salt flakes and black pepper

Set the oven to 220C/200C Fan /Gas 7. Place a large oven tray in the oven to heat. Toss the bread in 4tbsp of oil and a good pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Coat well. Remove the tray from the oven and spread out the oiled bread evenly. Add the rosemary to the mixing bowl and cover in any remaining oil. Return the tray to the oven for 15 minutes. Then give the tray a shake and rotate 180 degrees in the oven, cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the rosemary and cook for a final 5 minutes.

Meanwhile in a pan that will fit everything heat 2tbsp oil over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the leeks and stir to combine. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Then add the stock and beans, bring to a simmer. Once the leeks are tender check the seasoning and add salt and the vinegar to your taste.

Remove the croutons from the oven. The croutons should be crisp and browned. Once cool enough to handle pull the rosemary leaves from the branches and crumble between your fingers over the croutons. Mix to combine and place on a serving dish.

Once ready to serve stir through the parsley and either portion into individual bowls or serve the pan at the table for everyone to get stuck into.



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