Butter bean, sundried tomato and pesto soup

My first “create your own soup” in my new kitchen gadget, stemmed from looking at the courgette pulp in the bottom of the salad draw that I had bought earlier in the week to make into soup and then forgotten about, and needing to make something for my lunch without too much fuss while I prepped the Sunday roast. So I raided the store cupboard, found a bunch of things that I figured might go together and gave it a whirl! I’ve included non Thermomix steps in brackets in the process below as well.

Again the overriding benefit of using Ernest (my Thermomix), was time saving and less washing up. I didn’t need scales or other gadgets, I didn’t need to stir or watch the pot or check it wasn’t bubbling too much or boiling over, everything was done in Ernest. The blended soup was silly smooth and delicious.

Final result – Epic win! Thanks Ernest

Ingredients:
150g onions cut in quarters (or finely chopped by hand)
40g olive oil
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1 pointed sweet red pepper without stalk and seeds, cut in quarters (or finely chopped by hand)
50g sun dried tomatoes (or finely chopped by hand) – you can add more or less of this as you like
1-2 cans butter beans or haricot drained
Squirt tomato purée
4tsp pesto
1-2 tsp veg bouillon powder or equivalent veg stock cube/paste
800g water
Seasoning to taste

Method:
1. Put onions, oil garlic and peppers in Thermomix, Chop 5 secs/speed 5. Then sauté 3mins/120 c/ speed 1. (Or put chopped ingredients in a medium to large saucepan with olive oil and sauté on a medium low heat for around 10 mins till soft but not brown)

2. Add sundried tomatoes, Chop 3 secs / speed 5. (Add sundried toms to pan and cook for a further 2 mins over a medium heat)

3. Add all other ingredients to the Thermomix bowl (scrape down the bowl with spatula if needed). Cook 15mins/100c/speed 1 /reverse. (Add other ingredients to the pan and cook over a medium heat for around 25mins, reduce heat to gentle simmer if necessary).

4. Taste and adjust seasoning.

5. *Blend 1 min/speed 5 gradually increasing to speed 10. Repeat for another 30 secs if not smooth enough. (Ladle the soup in batches in to a blender, allow to cool a little and blitz till smooth, be careful not to overfill the blender. Or use  as stick blender and blend in the pan to your desired consistency).  *TIP – if you want texture in the Thermomix, take out a couple of ladles of the butter beans before blending then add back at the end).

6. Serve hot, garnish with fresh parsley and fresh crusty bread on the side.

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