Delicious runner bean vegetable soup


This is the most delicious soup I have ever tasted and has a lovely creamy goodness to it. Thank heavens for being overrun with runner beans grown in our garden and then our neighbour dropping off a bag as he was also overrun, that led us to conjure up this gem last year. An Andrew Norton recipe. One for the book so we’d love you to try it and give us any feedback, particularly on the clarity of instructions and ingredients amounts which can vary as he tends to make it up as he goes along and then there is a family demanding the recreation of the masterpiece. Here goes…

  • 2 generous handfuls of runner beans (or 2 x 400g packets)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium size potato
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 litre of vegetable stock
  • Generous knob of butter
  • Salt and pepper to season

Prepare the beans removing the sides only if stringy. Crush the garlic and chop the other vegetables up into chunks. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and cook all the vegetables with the crushed garlic unti they start to get soft. Add the stock, some salt and pepper to season, and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Finally use a hand blender to puree the soup. It should be pale green and creamy. [Must take a photo next time]

Here are our green beans growing in our small garden that benefits from the slightly better weather we get in Bournemouth whereas family further North in the UK have given up growing anything as all went to pot with the exceptionally bad weather we have had this year (2012). Still no courgettes to eat as we get into August yet end of May last year we had our first ones.


8 thoughts on “Delicious runner bean vegetable soup

  1. Have just used the final harvested runner beans and French beans to this recipe, I have to say it was Devine, also have to admit that as I had a single green chilli left on a plant, this went in too, whist not noticeably altering the taste, it gave it an extra dimension and no, it wasn’t spicy, just that extra something .
    After blending the soup, I passed it through a sieve into another pot discarding the resulting pulp as I went
    The result was a sublime velvety soup, can’t wait til next year’s beans

  2. Hello! Thanks for posting this recipe. I didnt make it but it inspired me to create a different runner bean soup and I have linked to your page from my blog.
    Thanks so much for sharing and please check out the recipe if you’re interested.
    Julia x

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  4. Going to have a bash at this tonight, will let you know how it goes.

    Feedback? as you said, a picture of the final piece, or step-by-step pictures is always handy (if not a ballache in practice)

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