Spiced butter bean soup with feta, avocado and tortilla chips

Spiced butter bean soup with feta, avocado and tortilla chips

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From
The Sunday Night Book
Serves
2
Photographer
Patricia Niven

This recipe comes from my sister Annabel, a very thorough and accomplished cook who brings loads of interesting things to my attention; this Latin American soup is no exception. It has become a firm favourite and definitely fits the Sunday-night bill.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, finely sliced
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and finely sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
1 x 400g tin of butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 litre mixed vegetable juice or tomato juice
100g tortilla chips
100g feta, crumbled
100g stuffed olives, roughly chopped
1 avocado, chopped
generous handful coriander, roughly chopped
1 lime, zest finely grated and juiced
sea salt

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan with a lid. Add the onion, along with a pinch of salt, then put the lid on the pan and let the onion soften over a low heat for about 7 minutes. Add the fennel and, when that has softened, add the garlic. Turn the heat up to medium to high and add the spices, stirring them while they toast for a minute or so. Add the beans and vegetable juice, give everything a good stir, then put the lid back on and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Put the grill on a low setting. Spread out half of the tortilla chips on a large baking tray and pop under the grill until they are hot. Drop the rest of the tortillas into the pan of beans and leave them to disintegrate and thicken the soup.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the feta, olives, avocado, coriander and lime zest.
  4. Taste the soup for seasoning and add the lime juice. To serve, spoon into warm bowls and top with the feta mixture and the toasty tortilla chips.
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