Now that it is winter again (yech!) I am on a culinary run of soups and stews. I love them as they are easy to make and very warming and satisfying. I find they go a long way as well, especially served with bread: I often make a "vat" (i.e. big pot) of one of these dishes, and I can get several meals out of it, as it is very easy to reheat. Here is a recipe for a delicious herby cabbage stew with beans and tomatoes which is cheap, nutritious and filling. What more could you ask?
Ingredients (Serves 4)
1lb 6 oz/600 g savoy cabbage, roughly shredded
1 large white onion, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
4 tablespoons of olive oil
5 cups / 1 ¼ litres vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
½ bunch fresh thyme
12oz/ 350 g ripe tomatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 can white (eg cannelini) beans ( can size about 350-400g)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1) Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion until soft, then add the cabbage and sauté briefly.
2) Add the vegetable stock, bay leaves and thyme. Season with salt, pepper, cover and cook over a medium heat for about 15 minutes.
3) Rinse the beans in a sieve and drain. Add the beans and tomatoes to the pan and simmer over a low heat for a further 15 minutes.
4) Peel and roughly chop the garlic, then crush in a mortar with 1 teaspoon of salt, gradually working in the rest of the olive oil. Stir the garlic oil into the soup. Check the seasoning and serve hot with crusty bread.
Enjoy,let me know what you think! Your votes and comments are much appreciated.
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