Bacon and Bean SoupServes:
Canned chilli beans are healthy, filling and have loads of flavour so they make a substantial base for this quick hearty soup that only costs around $8.00 to make.
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 rashers bacon, rind removed, chopped
- 1 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 approx 425 g can chilli beans in sauce – I use the “hot” one, but kids might prefer “mild”
- 2 cups chicken stock
In a saucepan heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, celery and bacon and cook gently until the vegetables are soft.
Process, blend or mash ½ the chilli beans with the canned tomatoes then add the mashed beans to the pan.
Stir in the chicken stock and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Serve with a sprinkling of grated cheese or fingers of cheese on toast to dunk in it.
Celery is an "umami" ingredient, so it add savoury flavour without necessarily making the dish taste of celery.