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Italian Bean and Pasta Soup

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“A beautiful thick soup which I usually serve for lunch with a crisp salad and crusty bread. Added in after couple of reviewers have stated that the beans took a bit longer to cook for them, I have now mentioned in the instructions to cook longer, if necessary, till tender. Having said that, I have always cooked mine for an hour without any problem!”
READY IN:
1hr 35mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
Metric

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and gently fry the onion with the crushed garlic for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato puree and basil and stir in for another minute.
  3. Drain the beans and add them into the saucepan alongwith the stock and bring the soup up to simmering point and then cover and simmer gently for 1 hour or half hour more till the beans are cooked and tender.
  4. After the beans have been cooked, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and give it a good stir.
  5. Pour half the soup in a liquidiser and blend it.
  6. Return the pureed half back into the pan with the remaining soup and bring it to simmering point.
  7. Add in the macaroni and simmer for a further 12 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  8. Remove from heat and serve immediately with lots of freshly grated parmesan cheese sprinkled over.

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