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Bacon and Chickpea Soup

 


Bacon and Chickpea Soup

Prep Time ~ 10min Cooking Time ~ 1hr 10min
Approx Cost ~ £? Difficulty ~ Easy
Freeze ~ Yes Serves ~ 4-6

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Ingredients

400g can chickpeas, drained

115g / 4oz butter

150g / 5oz pancetta or streaky bacon, roughly chopped

2 onions, finely chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 celery stick, chopped

15ml / 1tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

2 fresh bay leaves

2 garlic cloves, halved

Salt and black pepper

 

Method

  • Melt the butter in a large pan and add the pancetta or bacon.  Fry over a medium heat until beginning to turn golden.  Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 5 - 10 minutes until soft.
  • Add the chickpeas to the pan, with the herbs and garlic and enough water to cover completely.  Bring to the boil, half cover, turn down the heat and simmer for 45 - 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Allow the soup to cool slightly, then pour into a blender or food processor and process until smooth.
  • Return the soup to the pan, taste and season with salt and plenty of black pepper.  Reheat gently to serve.