Carrot, Cumin & Kidney Bean Soup
This recipe came about after seeing the tins of soup in the supermarket and thinking, ‘I can do better than that.’ So rather than stocking up on thin tomato soup (with suspiciously few tomatoes) I thought I’d treat myself to some cheap, versatile, protein-packed spicy goodness instead. The quantities here make four generous portions.
2 tbsp oil
1 heaped tbsp cumin, seeds or ground
1 stock cube, dissolved in 500ml boiling water
1 x 400g tin of red kidney beans
Peel and chop the onion and pop into a medium sized saucepan with the oil and cumin. Wash and chop the carrots and add to the pan. Cook on a low heat for a few minutes until the onion starts to soften.
Pour the stock into the pan and bring to the boil. Turn down and simmer for 20 minutes or so until the carrots are tender.
Drain and rinse the kidney beans well, add to the pan and heat through. Tip everything into the blender and pulse until smooth.
Tips: Add a few tablespoons of natural yoghurt after blending for a creamy taste.
You can add a handful of cooked red lentils to the leftover blended soup to make a thick, spicy pasta sauce. Alternatively, to make a thicker soup, add rinsed lentils along with the chopped carrots and cook in the stock.
Pretty much the same ingredients are used for the carrot, cumin and kidney bean burgers, so why not buy in bulk and make them both in the same week, or even at the same time!
Carrot, cumin and kidney bean soup recipe from A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe. Available to order from The Hive, supporting your local independent book shops. Also available to buy at most major bookshops and supermarkets.