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BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP


BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP

So... yes, the autumn is here to stay. No more indian summers nor refreshing recipes. It is definately the season for soupschowdersstews and and other warm autumnal dishes and comfort food!

What could be more tempting on a grey and rainy day than a nice and hot soup to warm you up... And the best part is there are plenty options and flavours,  all super healthy and  the prep is so simple

I went to the local market and found these colourful bean pods. I had never seen before and I got so intrigued. The origin is quite unclear and they are called in many different ways: pinto bean, feijao catarino in Portugal, cranberry bean in english-speaking countries and like in Italy, the one I chose for this recipe's name: Borlotti bean. Of course you can always use any other kind of bean wether it is navy , pinto or any other else you have or like the most. These are fresh therefore doesn't need to soak. 

It is a shame they loose those unique little red spots after cooking them, so here are some pictures so you can see how beautiful they are before that! 

Hope you enjoy it ;) 


BORLOTTI BEAN PODS - BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP

FRESH BORLOTTI BEANS - BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP


INGREDIENTS (Serves 4):

· 2 cups of beans
· 1/2 big onion or 1 small
· 1 carrot
· 2 garlic cloves
· 2 medium potatoes
· 10 cherry tomatoes
· 3 chorizo pieces
· 2 bay leaves
· 1tsp sweet smoked paprika; salt and pepper
· 1 L of water or broth
· Extra virgin olive oil
· A bunch of fresh coriander or parsley 



INGREDIENTS - BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP

PREPARATION:

1. Cook the beans with salted water for 30 min.
2. Dice the potatoes and carrot, slice the tomatoes and chop the garlic and onion.
3. In a deep saucepan with extra virgin olive oil sautée everything along with the bay leaves, papikra and chorizo.
4. Add the water or broth to it, bring to the boil and set to medium heat.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Add the cooked beans and simmer for 1 hour. 
7. Serve with some coriander or parsley leaves.


BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP

*Little tricks and tips *

You can replace the Borlotti bean with any other kind of bean. If you use dried ones remember to leave them to soak in advance!
Take out the chorizo to make it vegetarian. Substitute for tofu or seitan sausage.


BORLOTTI BEAN SOUP

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