Thursday, March 04, 2010

Red kidney bean soup

Kidney beans don't exactly set my heart on fire, but I usually have a can in the cupboard for use in chili con carne. Sometimes I only use half a can, and then I have to find something to do with the other half. I have a great recipe for a chicken, avocado and red kidney bean salad, but that needs prior planning due to the fanciful ingredients required. So the other day, with half a can of kidney beans and no avocado or chicken in the house, I decided to make soup instead. I searched the Internet for a kidney bean soup recipe and found lots on offer, all fairly similar. In the end I chose three recipes that I liked the sound of, and combined them to make my own version. The result was truly yummilicious, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you.

(quantities are approximate)

1-2 tbs olive oil
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
1 carrot
1 red chili (dried)
1 stick celery
1-2 large red peppers
A few fresh tomatoes
Tomato paste or passata
Red kidney beans
1-2 pints vegetable stock
1-2 bay leaves
Oregano or "Italian herb" seasoning
Salt & pepper


Heat oil in a large pan. Stir in chopped onions, garlic and carrots.
Cover & sweat over low heat for a few minutes. Add finely chopped peppers and celery. Cook for a couple of minutes more.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste & kidney beans. Add chilies and herbs, mix well, cook for 3 to 5 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Pour in the stock, season with salt & pepper & bring to boil. Let it boil hard for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat & simmer for half an hour or so.

Once cooked, you can cool the soup and then blend it with a food processor. You could also serve it with a dollop of lime yoghurt (made by combining plain yoghurt, lime juice and finely chopped coriander). I prefer chunky soups and had no lime or coriander handy, so I had mine as it came out of the pan.

To say I was surprised by the result would be an understatement. Who would have thought that combining red pepper, red kidney beans, tomatoes and a few herbs you could get such a mouth-watering combination?

The recipes I used to create my version of red kidney soup are:

Chef2Chef Red Kidney Bean Soup
Allotment Growing Red pepper and kidney been soup
WHFoods Red Kidney Bean Soup with Lime Yoghurt


Marg, the Sal. said...

This looks and sounds delicious!

That been said, I'm having a huge avocado craving now!

Tinsie said...

Oh no! Is it because I mentioned avocados in my post??

Karen said...

I'm putting this on next week's menu! Thanks for doing the work for me!

Cherry said...

I think I have tasted this somewhere Tinsie...I shall try this again...

Deepak Acharya said...

I want to drink it though I know it is not possible :)

Puss-in-Boots said...

Kidney beans...hmmm. I'll think about it...

Tinsie said...

@ Karen: Any time! After all, I owe you for the yummy beef stew :-)

@ Cherry & Puss-in-Boots: It tastes much better than it sounds, honest!

@ Deepak: It was almost possible to drink it :-)

Shionge said...

This is cool, I usually toss it in my salad and consume within two days ;D

Tinsie said...

Kidney beans are good in salad, but better in soup, I think.