Broccoli, Butterbean & Crispy Bacon Soup

Broccoli, Butterbean & Crispy Bacon Soup

Recipe by HeidiDifficulty: Easy

So you know how you get chatting to your hairdresser in the salon, well I’m glad I did because the subject got on to homemade soup. When Heidi started describing one of her favourite recipes, I wrote it down immediately so I could try it myself. It is as wonderful as Heidi told me it would be. So let’s get cooking…


  • 2 heads of broccoli

  • 2 cans of butterbeans, drained

  • Red onion, diced

  • 2 rashers back bacon or handful of lardons

  • 1 litre vegetable stock

  • Large handful fresh parsley, chopped


  • Dry fry the bacon in a large saucepan until it is crispy. Set aside on kitchen towel.
  • Slowly cook the red onion in the bacon fat until it is translucent (add a little more oil if necessary)
  • Add stock and, when boiling, add the broccoli.
  • Cook until broccoli just tender then whizz, with the butterbeans, in a blender. Add parsley and whizz again.
  • Serve in bowls with the crispy lardons scattered on top.

Cook’s Tip

  • Heidi mentioned that a crushed clove of garlic could be a good addition to this recipe – add to the red onion as it is cooking.

We’ve more scrumptious soups – how about trying this comforting chowder?

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2 years ago

What happens with the butterbeans?