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White bean and rainbow silverbeet soup

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for white bean and rainbow silverbeet soup by Jeremy Strode from Bistrode restaurant in Sydney.

By Jeremy Strode
  • Serves 8
  • 30 mins preparation
  • 1 hr 35 mins cooking plus soaking
White bean and rainbow silverbeet soup
White bean and rainbow silverbeet soup

“The white bean and rainbow silverbeet soup at Sydney’s Bistrode is delicious. I’d appreciate it if chef Jeremy Strode would share the recipe so I can get cooking before winter’s end.”
John McDonald, Balmain, NSW

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You’ll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.

Ingredients

  • 200 gm dried cannellini beans, soaked in cold water overnight, drained
  • 100 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 150 gm speck, finely chopped
  • ½ bunch rainbow silverbeet, trimmed, stalks coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 1.2 kg canned Roma tomatoes, drained
  • 2 litres chicken stock (8 cups)
  • To serve: crusty bread

Method

Main
  • 1
    Cook cannellini beans in a large saucepan of boiling water over medium-high heat until tender (40-45 minutes). Drain, set aside.
  • 2
    Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, add speck, silverbeet stalks celery, onion, garlic and chilli, sauté until tender (7-10 minutes). Add leek, sauté until tender (5-7 minutes). Add tomato, stock and beans, simmer until very tender (20-25 minutes). Add silverbeet leaves, simmer until tender (3-5 minutes), season to taste. Serve hot drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil, with crusty bread.

Notes

This recipe is from the August 2010 issue of .

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  • Author: Jeremy Strode