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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Comfort Food: Fish and Beans Soup | You've Got Meal!

A tasty, delicious Italian inspired soup that combines the subtle taste of zander with the hearty taste of Cannellini beans, all brought together by a touch of tomatoes and basil.

Fish soups, for me, aren’t really all that much of a great choice in comfort foods, but when combined with some Cannellini beans things change. And with the coming of winter this dish brought a little piece of warmth and comfort into the kitchen. There a still a lot of fresh flavors in this recipe to keep things relatively close to summer, but adding the soup shifts the recipe in a whole different direction.


  • 400 grams of fish fillets, cut into 5-7 cm pieces (we used zander), 
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (400 grams), 
  • 200 grams of passata, 
  • 800 grams of vegetable stock, 
  • 250 grams of cherry tomatoes, both halved and whole, 
  • 3 leeks, only the white parts, 
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, 
  • 2 tbs. of capers, 
  • 2 rosemary twigs, 
  • 2-3 bay leaves, 
  • 15 medium sized basil leaves, 
  • 3-4 tbs. of chopped olives, 
  • fennel seeds, 
  • salt, pepper, olive oil.

  1. Start by cutting the leeks into slices- cook them with the garlic in some olive oil, on medium heat, until softened. 
  2. Next add the olives and capers and cook for another 5 minutes. 
  3. Pop in the tomatoes (canned, passata and fresh), rosemary, bay leaves, salt, pepper, grounded fennel seeds and the stock, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. 
  4. 5 minutes before the end add the canned cannellini beans – if you’re using uncooked ones make sure you boil them in advance. 
  5. In the final 3 minutes add the fish, after which, near the end, throw the basil leaves in the soup- they need about 1 minute to soften and infuse the soup. 

You can add a touch of lemon juice to the soup, to make things fresher, or you can use a touch of yoghurt in the same purpose.

All in all, an easy to make soup  that can serve either as a great reminder of summer or a comfortable companion for a cold day.

Enjoy 8e5baa17709cf14ece6cea98478e5def9198be9f4387789663,

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