I really struggle to know what to have for lunch sometimes. Usually I am scrambling round in the cupboards trying to find some sort of suitable sandwich filling but I do get terribly bored of sandwiches. If I’m lucky I’ll have some keptovers to warm up and I do pay a visit to a local independent café from time to time too. Well enough is enough. I have decided to batch cook and freeze a range of healthy, filling, vegan soups; one of which is this Chipotle and Bean Soup. So that I can grab whichever soup I fancy and not have to think about what’s on the meal plan for dinner I am making them vegan, stuffed full of veg and flavour packed. I hate to have the same thing for lunch and dinner you see!
You will need (for six portions):
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- ½ chipotle chilli, chopped
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 700ml passata
- 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
- 1 tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 mug frozen sweetcorn
- Juice 1 lime
- Oil for cooking
- Salt and pepper
Start by heating a little oil in a large saucepan and adding the onion and pepper. Fry on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes until softened. Add the spices and chipotle chilli and cook for two minutes more.
Pour in the passata then refill the jar to half full with water, rinse the jar then add the water to the pan with the vegetable stock and beans.
Simmer for 15 minutes then add the sweetcorn, bring back to a simmer and cook for five more minutes.
Squeeze in the lime juice then add a little seasoning.
Currently I have two soups on the go in the freezer, this one and my Autumn Vegetable Minestrone. The problem is that I don’t have enough Tupperware left to make any more soup at the moment; I shall need to rectify that and get some more ASAP! Another soup that I will be making a big batch of to add to the soup drawer is my Split Pea Dahl. I’m also planning some sort of chickpea harissa soup and maybe a nice pea, potato and mint too. Five in total, one for each day of the week. And yes, before you ask, I do label each of my soups up and stack them neatly in the freezer; the satisfaction and uniformity brings me much joy.