Recipe: Jocelyn Alexander

Serves: 2 – 4



  • 2 tins cannellini beans
  • 75g soup pasta (I use Tesco brand from fairprice but any small pasta shapes)
  • One large ish white or yellow onion
  • Three or four cloves of garlic
  • Good homemade chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • Extra virgin olive oil (around 1 tbsp.)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Finely chop the onion and peel and crush the garlic
  • Put the olive oil in a saucepan and add the onions and garlic, saute until translucent. Do not colour them.
  • Strain and rinse the beans, then add them to the onions and garlic with the chicken stock
  • Cook for 20 minutes or so until the beans are soft, then use a potato masher to mash the beans so the soup becomes thick
  • If you like a smoother soup, keep cooking and mashing and cook the soup pasta separately in salted boiling water then add to the soup when you are ready to serve. If you prefer a “chunkier” texture, roughly mash then add the soup pasta and let the soup pasta cook in the boiling soup (be sure to stir a lot!)
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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