A healthy and hearty vegetable and bean soup

vegetable bean soup recipe

Wintery Fridays are lazy days for us. We spend the afternoon at the manege for horse riding lessons, then we stop at our local shop to pick up bread, cheese and dips. We put on our pyjamas, light a fire, and watch a film together (or recently, we have been following the Dutch edition of The Voice), eating snacks in front of the television. It usually gets quite late, there’s always a child or two who will fall asleep on the sofa. I love these evenings!

To make sure we still eat something healthy before we indulge in bread, cheese and snacks, I usually make a bowl of soup that we eat before we leave for the manege. Recently I have been making this vegetable and bean soup, a recipe which I created by chance one day, using some ingredients I had laying around. It’s so simple to make and very delicious! It’s a good lunch recipe, or perfect for a light supper too. I like that it’s sort of wintery, but still has a hint of spring.

Here’s how to make it:

  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 big carrot, diced
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1,5 liter vegetable stock
  • 1 cup whole grain rice (fast cooking)
  • 1 cup whole wheat bulgur
  • 1 tin (cherry) tomatoes
  • 1 teasp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 teasp dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tin chick peas
  • 1 tin beans (f.e. borlotti)
  • salt, pepper, chili pepper
  • grated cheese

Gently fry onions and carrots for a few minutes, then add pepper and leek. Simmer for a few more minutes. Add stock, rice and bulgur, the tin of tomatoes, and the herbs. Bring to boil and cook for approx. 15 min. or until the rice and bulgur are soft. Add the drained beans, and cook for a few more minutes. You might have to add a bit more water at this moment. Bring to taste with pepper and salt, and chili pepper. Serve with some grated cheese.

Bon appétit, and have a happy weekend!

xxx Esther


Comments (9)

February 3, 2017

Oooo I love the sound of these cosy Friday evenings. The soup sounds delicious! I’m going to make a plan to make that this weekend. Enjoy your evening tonight xx

February 3, 2017

What a lovely sounding evening! Thank you so much for sharing your soup recipe – looks delicious! x

February 4, 2017

This lovely post makes me want to spend more evenings like this with my children! So often things are go go go…taking the time to slow down and be a family is one of the keys to happiness, I believe. That, and warm bowls of soup on cold days!

Courtney in Australia
February 5, 2017

This looks so yummy. I always love your soups and how very easily you throw everything together into a pot and make it taste delicious! : )

Vicky in Amsterdam
February 5, 2017

Looks delicious Esther! I’ll definitely try it out xx

February 6, 2017

I love your Fridays! You have such a way of planning things for your family. 🙂 I will certainly try this recipe this week, thank you!!

February 13, 2017

I made this soup tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I’ve been on the hunt for a truly hearty vegetable soup recipe for quite some time and this definitely fits the bill. I will be adding it to our winter rotation, for sure. Thank you for sharing it!

December 24, 2018

Just found this recipe and made this delicious soup tonight before we indulge in Christmas food! It makes an enormous portion so I’m excited to freeze the rest. Always love your recipes, Esther.

Esther in Amsterdam
December 24, 2018

Thanks!! I need to make this soup too this week!! xx

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