Butterbean and Smoked Bacon Soup


To some, the combination of ingredients in this soup may seem unusual. On tasting however, the beautiful spicy kick that complements the sweetness of the carrots – your mind will be blown. The addition of smoked bacon really adds a little umph in terms of flavours. Some people prefer not to blitz this soup , however I would recommend it as the butter beans gives a fantastic velvety finish.


  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 450g (1lb) carrots
  • 1 diced onion, diced
  • 50g (2oz) rindless smoked streaky bacon, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp freshly grated root ginger
  • 1 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 x 400g (14oz) can of butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock
  • 200ml (7fl oz) semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the rapeseed oil in a pan over a medium heat.
  • Sauté the carrots, onion, bacon, garlic and ginger for 10 minutes, until softened and just beginning to catch a little colour.
  • Tip in the curry powder and turmeric and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring.
  • Stir in the beans, stock, milk and tomato purée.
  • Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15–20 minutes, until the carrots are completely tender.
  • Season to taste and stir in the parsley, then remove a ladleful of the chunky ingredients to reserve  as a garnish, if liked.
  • Blitz the rest of the soup with a hand blender until smooth.
  • Ladle into warmed bowls and add a spoonful of the reserved ingredients to serve.

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