Ham, Bean and Vegetable Soup

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  Ham, Bean and Vegetable Soup

 This hearty soup is a great way of making use of your leftover ham. Not only is it quick but it’s also so easy. Throw in whatever beans you have in the press (cannellini, haricot, kidney) and you’re sure to have the perfect bowl of comfort food.  

Ham, Bean and Vegetable Soup

Serves 6 

Cooking time:

Ingredients

  • 250g leftover ham cut into cubes
  • 1 tablesp. rapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 leeks, washed and chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 heaped teasp. smoked paprika
  • ½ teasp. sugar
  • 1 x 400g can chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablesp. tomato purée
  • 700ml stock reserved from cooking the fillet of ham, or water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 x 400g tin Cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

To Serve: Grated cheese, chopped basil and wholemeal bread

 

Watch Neven Maguire preparing this dish here

To Cook

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, then add the onion, carrots, celery, leek and garlic and cook slowly for about 15 minutes, stirring now and then, until the vegetables are softened.  Stir in the paprika and sugar and cook for another two minutes.

Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, stock or water and a bay leaf, then cover with a lid and bring slowly to the boil. Simmer for about 30 minutes, then add the ham pieces and cannellini beans, cook for another 10 minutes, check seasoning. If the soup is too thick, thin it with a little more stock or water.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with the grated cheese, basil and wholemeal bread.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 15g 

Carbohydrates: 20g 

Fat: 7g 

Iron: 2.18mg 

Energy: 211g