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Friday, 17 January 2014

TUSCAN STYLE SOUP

This TUSCAN STYLE SOUP recipe was bursting with flavour.
I roughly followed a recipe card I picked up in Waitrose. The herbs came through very nicely!
I didn't have all the ingredients, and had to use Cannellini beans rather than Borlotti. I also added some left over ham.
I can thoroughly recommend this, and loved the Savoy cabbage. I also grated lots of Parmesan over mine.
If you are looking for a gutsy soup then this is one to try. It will make a great lunch - just add a huge chunk of bread and dive in (not literally of course). If you are looking for more soup recipes and inspiration for all types of meals, why not take a look at my PINTEREST boards.
Now down to calories…. the WAITROSE recipe card Tuscan style soup is 267 cals per portion (serves 4). But - I managed to make six portions out of this with the added ham and extra stock/water. This bowlful weighed just under 400g (including ham) and is approx 220 calories.
Here's the ingredients for the Waitrose recipe along with my adaptations:

TUSCAN STYLE SOUP
Ingredients - serves six
1 onion chopped
1 large carrot, diced
1 tsp fennel seeds, roughly crushed
400g chopped tomatoes with garlic (I used ordinary tomatoes and added my own garlic)
750ml stock/water (I added a little extra)
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
Savoy cabbage - shredded
400g tin of Borlotti beans (I used Cannellini)
100g shredded ham
I also added - one large potato, cubed
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Using a large saucepan, gently fry the carrot and onion in oil for 8-10 minutes.

Add fennel seeds and cook for another minute or two.

Add tomatoes and stock. Simmer then add rosemary and cabbage (plus potato if using). Cover with a lid and simmer for 15-20 minutes. 

At this stage, I took a small amount of the soup, blended and returned to the pot (to thicken slightly).

Add beans (and ham if using) and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.
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REMEMBER:  - Do you know how many calories you are allowed each day?
Here's a link to our very first blog post about our weight loss journey, which we began in January 2011. We started this blog as a way of recording what we ate while losing weight. The blog is a food diary, and contains lots of recipes, tips and ideas about losing weight.
You'll find our WEIGHT LOSS PLAN here. 
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