Greek bean soup

A simple hearty soup which benefits from a longer cooking time to develop the flavour of the vegetables.

Ready in 45 minutes minutes Serves 2


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ stick celery finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 1 tin butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes or fresh equivalent
  • handful of fresh or frozen spinach
  • handful of orzo pasta (optional)
  • pinch of sugar
  • 600ml water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to serve (optional)
  • fresh oregano or basil to serve (optional)


  1. Place the ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to the boil then simmer on a low heat for at least 40 minutes. Add more water if required.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Serve drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and fresh oregano or basil.

Good served with fresh crusty bread.

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