Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Specials board: Runner Bean & Rosemary Soup

Runner Bean & Rosemary Soup and Vegan Mofo Day 16
At the start of Vegan Mofo I posted a recipe using my runner beans, but I told you I was a bit disappointed with them as some of them were a little stringy, probably because my seeds are too old. If I'm honest it did put me off them a little although if I keep picking them regularly and when they are young they aren't stringy at all! But on the days where I have forgotten to harvest or have just run out of time I kick myself as one day too many on the plant they seem to become stringy. 

Today I had quite a handful and some weren't young enough for me to eat as they are. As I wondered what I could do with them, I hate to throw out (compost) good food, a light bulb went on above my head. Soup! I bet they would blend down nicely into a silky smooth soup and I wasn't wrong.

I decided to pair the runner beans with a herb and once again I decided this had to be rosemary. The fragrant smell of the leaves is almost like the plant is saying pick me, pick me! So I did!

Ingredients - serves 2 
300g Runner beans
(215g prepared weight)

1 Garlic clove
500ml Boiling water
2 Tsp Vegetable bouillon powder
1 Bay leaf
3 Sprigs of rosemary
2 Tsp Fresh rosemary, chopped
1 Tbsp Lemon juice


Put the prepared beans and garlic in a saucepan. Mix the vegetable bouillon powder with the boiling water and pour over the beans and garlic. 

Add the bay leaf and prigs of rosemary. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and sprigs of rosemary and transfer to a blender. Add 1-2 Tsp of fresh rosemary and the lemon juice and blend until silky smooth.

As I was blending my soup I also added a couple of teaspoons of the cream 'cheese' with rosemary that I made yesterday just to add a touch of creaminess.


  1. I love creamy soups. This one looks and sounds really tasty.

    1. Thanks Dawn :o) I was really pleased how it turned out as it means I can enjoy my runner beans even if they are a little stringy!

  2. Tick I have these at the moment on my plot, the runner beans planted too late for a sizeable harvest but just today I noticed that I had some young beans dangling, and a rosemary bush that is on its way to becoming established. Any ideas for fennel bulbs, it's the first time that I have grown this.

    1. You lucky thing, I tried to grow them last year but I was unsuccessful :o( I think the first bulb I pulled up I'd make a coleslaw with beetroot or red cabbage and carrots, maybe with a hint of onion say spring onions? Next I'd make a risotto, uh oh I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! :o) What about a soup too?
      PS What happened with your lemon tree?

  3. I put the pips in the fridge and after a month planted the seeds, they all rotted off, so will have to try again.doh

    1. I might have a go myself but not sure I have the room in my house if it works hee hee ☺

  4. Oooh I love rosemary and I have some runner beans too. Thanks for this!

    1. They worked really well together. I hope you like it, let me know what you think if you try it ☺


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