Rustic Leek and White Bean Soup with Rosemary

25 Jan

They are busy harvesting leeks at the moment where we walk the dog in the morning. I like leeks, they have a milder flavour than onions and they don’t make you cry when you chop them.

Leeks are one of those vegetables that have a strong supporting role in many dishes but hardly ever get to play the lead. Seeing fields full of row after row of them made me think about making them shine.

Leeks and white beans have an affinity. They have a history of working together in such classics as Cassoulet and Tuscan White Bean Soup. Rosemary is often found hanging around in the background with these two, completing the love triangle and it is flowering beautifully at the moment. Shall I stop with the film metaphors now and get on with the recipe?

Rustic Leek & White Bean Soup with Rosemary

Serves 4, Vegan, gluten free

  • Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time 20 mins
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 sticks celery, finely sliced
    • 3 leeks, trimmed, halved lengthways, rinsed and sliced
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
    • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
    • 1 tin/jar (400 gr) cooked white beans, drained & rinsed
    • about 500 ml veg stock
    • salt & black pepper
    • a handful of fresh parsley, chopped

    Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Cook the leeks, celery, rosemary and thyme with a pinch of salt for about 4 minutes until softened but not browned. Then add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.

    Blend half of the drained beans with splash of stock or water to a smooth puree. Add the pureed beans to the pan and stir to combine.  Pour in the veg stock and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the beans.

    Add in the whole beans, lower the heat to a simmer, season with salt & black pepper and cook  for about 10 minutes. Stir in the fresh parsley and taste. Adjust seasoning as necessary.

    Buen Provecho!!

    As promised here are some more pictures of our visit to the beautiful Alcazaba in Malaga. This is the view from the outside with the amphitheatre in the foreground.

    Inside is a study in  exquisite Moorish archways…..

    Leading through to hidden doorways and secluded patios………….

    Elaborately tiled ceilings…

    And floors….

    There are more pictures to follow on my next post…..


15 Responses to “Rustic Leek and White Bean Soup with Rosemary”

  1. ceciliag January 26, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    great photos of your holiday.. how amazing, and i am very envious of where you walk your dog! wow! love the soup.. c

  2. happywhennothungry January 26, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    This soup looks so comforting and delicious! Your photos are stunning too.

  3. Suzi January 26, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    This soup is just fabulous. I thought that I left you a comment earlier when I say it on twitter. Now I can buzz it. I love leeks and how cool to see them growing in abundance. I am going to try growing them this spring. You’rer are right they truly don’t get featured as they should. Love the photos too, what a nice visit you must have had.

  4. Three Well Beings January 26, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    I would just love a bowl o this soup right now! I have rosemary growing my garden right now and have never added it to a bean soup. The combination with leeks sounds so delicious. I have a friend starting chemo and her doctor has put her on a gluten-free diet. I think this would be such a nice comfort food to share with her! …Debra

  5. Tony Ward January 26, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    This one is a definate, can almost taste it guapa ! That canellini and rosemary combination is sooooooo Tuscan, love it !!!

    The pic’s are stunning, its amazing that the floor tiles are the look that we all strive for and 1500 years ago they did it as a matter of course. xx

  6. January 26, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    the leek soup looks good. is this a spanish recipe? my spanish friend also makes leek soup in the same way, minus the beans.

  7. spree January 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    This is the very soup I crave! And your photos, sumptuous too! Thank you for it all!

  8. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise January 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I love the soup and all the ingredients but I love the holiday pictures even more..I love those old arched door ways

  9. Professor Vegetable January 27, 2012 at 3:22 am #

    I love this soup!!! I love white beans and leeks. Great photos!!!

  10. Beth Michelle January 27, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    What beautiful photos of Alcazaba!
    I love leeks. This looks like sure a delicious soup and the rosemary must give it a wonderful flavor.

  11. Setya Eko January 28, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    waw look delicious. can be tried with the recipe spices from Indonesia. nice blog

  12. Veronica Gantley January 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    It looks like you had a great time on your vacation. Your pictures look awesome! The soup also looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  13. therecanbeonlyjuan January 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    I love rustic soups with cannellini beans.

  14. Hannah maxwell February 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    I made this the other night, just what I needed with snow on the ground here in the UK and flu in the house! I could smell the herbs even with a stuffy nose! The other half ‘helped’ by blending the soup when it was actually already ready to serve….so I’ll have to make it again to try it in its rustic form but it was delicious all the same. Love your blog x


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