Reassurance Soup

I had a good nose though Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook in the supermarket last night and really liked the look of his Spring Vegetable and Bean Soup. So I took a shifty photo of the recipe with my phone.

I was riddled with guilt by the time we got to the dairy aisle because that’s a terrible copyright infringement and I really should have bought the book, because even taking into account the generally rubbish royalties for supermarket sales, my pennies could have contributed to Poppy Nectarine and Lulu Cherry’s school fees. I can’t remember the proper names of his kids but they’re edible ones.

Anyway Jamie old chap – if you somehow see this and think I’m a thieving git, I promise I will order your book come pay day. I do like your recipes. And I hope you do more TV shows like Jamie At Home, where it’s just you and lots of really great, simple food. I admire your crusades but I miss the cookin’.

SoupI am not even going to try and hide behind jokes today. Everything seems to be going a bit shit all at once. I am concentrating on doing little things that make me feel good and sturdy and capable. Fish suppers and Wispa bars are not longterm solutions.

So this arvo I did a weights DVD for the first time in a month. I untangled the mess of clothes and shoes in the bottom of the wardrobe. I purchased a truckload of birthday cards because everyone I bloody know seems to be born in the last week of October.

And then I made Jamie’s soup. Well sort of, because I only managed to photograph three quarters of the page. That will learn me for being a copyright bandit. The soup is dead wholesome and simple, and nestled in a plastic container for my lunch tomorrow it looks like Reassurance in a Box. Yum yum.


Source: Boldly pilfered from JO’s Ministry of Food

3 carrots
3 sticks of celery
2 onions
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil
400g (14oz) tin of cannellini beans
200g (7oz) cauliflower
200g broccoli
200g spinach (I used baby spinach leaves)
2 large ripe tomatoes (I used two handfuls of cherry toms)
salt and pepper
cayenne pepper (I added this. Because it makes you feel alive!)
1.8 litres hot chicken or vegetable stock
(JO uses 2 stock cubes; I used Marigold vegetable stock powder)

  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a big pot over medium heat.
  2. Chop up the celery, carrots, onions and garlic.
  3. Chuck the above veggies in the pot. Cook for around 12 minutes until the carrots have softened but still holding their shape.
  4. Meanwhile drain the cannellini beans. Break up the cauli and broccoli into small florets. Quarter the tomatoes.
  5. Add those veggies to the pan along with the hot stock. Stir together.
  6. This is where I added a few good shakes of cayenne pepper.
  7. Bring to the boil the simmer for 10 minutes until the veggies are tender. This was more like 20 on my crappy stove.
  8. When ready to serve, add the spinach to the pot and cook a further 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  9. Season with S&P.

JO says you can blend half the soup if you like it less chunky, but that would mean more washing up! He also suggests drizzling it with some extra virgin olive oil, which I’d never tried before but it was bloody delicious. This is the second JO soup I’ve made this month and they both had spinach chucked in at the end – that iron-y flavour is dead tasty.

41 thoughts on “Reassurance Soup

  1. Mmmm sounds delicious. Don’t suppose you also pilfered his “smashed chicken” recipe did you? The one where he whacked the fillet with a frying pan? I know its not vegetarian but it looked good.

  2. Yum, that sounds delish!

    I miss Jamie’s At Home show too πŸ™ It inspires me to actually water my herb garden once in awhile… LOL.

    Sorry to hear that things are a bit crappy atm, too. Please don’t feel like you have to hide behind jokes for us!


  3. Thanks DG! Here to save another day:)

    I so need some veges after a week of wine, pastries, pasta and other goodies. This looks like the business to sort me out.


  4. (((HUGS)))
    this is where all the skills and habits you have learned will serve you well. Act As If your mojo is there and tthen one day it will come creeping shamefacedly back. You don’t have to hide for us darl.

  5. I’m sorry, I know reading this would’ve given me my 5+ a day of vegetably goodness, but I was FAR too distracted by the linkage to Cadbury Wispa. I DIDN’T KNOW THEY STILL EXISTED. Can someone send me a crate of them for Christmas? On their nickel? And while you’re at it, smuggle Johnny Depp in there, there’s a good lass.

  6. Jamie sure knows his recipes, but even more importantly he knows how to get the info across to the reader or viewer in a way that makes them think, “hey, maybe I really CAN make that!”

  7. hey shauna ? uh.. i think the time has come to re-read your book. i have found myself purchasing packets of dried pork crackling.. IN BULK. i can’t be blamed for their deliciousness but i swear i can feel my arteries clogging as i type this. oh, and i heart jamie. i have plans to buy his book this week and perv at the pictures. πŸ™‚

  8. I wouldn’t feel guilty about stealing the recipe. The foreword of the book asks you to promise to learn a recipe from each chapter of the book and then share them with at least 2 people.

    I bought a copy and I’m happy to share the recipes so just think of it as preemptive sharing.

    It’s a great cookbook btw. I bought it as a present and then decided to keep it. Oops!

  9. You Passed It On so Jamie will love you!

    I’m also a Jamie fan and I keep fingering this latest book lovingly in Sainsbury’s. Then they put the price up literally overnight be Β£3 so I won’t be buying it from there if/when I buy it!

    I feel your pain with the October birthdays – everyone, including my own daughter in our family is born in October. I think there is a special gene running through us that permits us only to shag in January. Well it is a very cold month…

  10. Hmmm, not feeling the Jamie love here. I like his books and recipes but can’t bear to watch him on telly as I find that faux-geezer act SO ANNOYING!

    I wouldn’t worry DG – I hear he earns something like Β£1.2m from Sainsburys for his endorsement so I don’t think he’s going to be fretting about the credit crunch!

  11. howdy all πŸ™‚

    Mistress – pork scratchings, eeep! never actually tried em but they look kinda freaky πŸ™‚

    That was quick Tamakikat! Glad you liked it!

  12. I lerve Jamie…. we often do “Jamie-d” this or that in the kitchen (which is our crappy interpretation of how JO would cook a particular food).

    Anyways, I was going to leave a comment on your post the other day when your commenhts thingy was all broken…. it was along the lines of financial woes reeeeeally SUCK, and you have every right to feel all stressed-out and full of woe.

    I’d give you a great big hug if I wasn’t 70,000,000,000 miles away.

  13. Reassurance soup sounds lovely! Eat this soup and be reassured that everything is going to be just a-ok πŸ™‚ Indeed it will be.

  14. I know what you mean about the Scorpios, my family is full to bursting with them. Birthday present shopping this weekend dented my walllet irreperably… damn, maybe I should just make them all soup and be done with it. What, don’t they want to be reassured? Is that not birthday gift enough?


    TA x (whose birthday is also next week, is it a sign of awesomeness? Say it is)

  15. In theory this soup sounds like a great idea and I admire you for making it and liking it, DG! But as a professed vegetable hater, the idea of a whole bowlful of vegetables makes me a bit green around the gills πŸ™‚

    But I’ve loved the other recipes you’ve posted and am enjoying trying them out. I also have been reading “A Wee Bit of Cooking” thanks to you – what a great blog!

  16. We must be on some longitude and latitude head fuck cycle – what the hell is wrong with us. But this evening I’ve planned to make soup and sort out my car insurance. Little victories!


  17. Hello Shauna, I’ve been a lurker on here for a while but haven’t posted before, but the lovely bean soup recipe made me want to pass on a Nigel Slater classic (it’s in Real Food, or Real Cooking, can’t remember which) which is v g (not entirely veg but you can leave out the bacon/pancetta or make it next time Dr G’s away):

    You need:
    Couple of red onions
    Some pancetta/streaky bacon (or not)
    Some celery (I have used celery seeds when I didn’t have celery, which was tasty)
    A tin of mixed bean salad and a tin of cannellini beans, or other beans au choix (rinsed)
    Couple of tins of tomatoes (am sure fresh toms plus veg stock for liquid would work too)
    Savoy cabbage, shredded
    Salt, pepper, chilli flakes, other spices as you desire
    Parmesan to grate over the whole lot
    Brown or grain-tastic bread as accompaniment.

    Chop up onions, saute in olive oil in big casserole type pot. Add chopped celery and bacon/pancetta (if using). When onions are golden(chuck in a pinch of salt to stop them burning) and celery is soft, add tins of tomatoes and beans. Add some water or veg stock if there isn’t enough liquid. Season and allow to simmer for half an hour or so. Then add shredded cabbage, check seasoning and let cook for another ten/fifteen mins or so. Serve with black pepper, bit of parmesan, curly parsley and hunks of crusty bread. Fantastic – and in these credit crunchy times, dead cheap. Tastes even better the next day too.

    Mmm…Am going to make it tonight, after typing all that! Stomach rumbling at my desk now!

    Hope you feel better soon.

  18. If you check the Channel 4 website they usually post a good selection of recipes on there. I have (hopefully) added the link Not sure as I’m a long time lurker, first time poster.
    The BBC Food website is also absolutely brilliant at posting their recipes online. Also have a great thing where you can type in any ingredient – for example ‘spinach’ and they will bring up every spinach recipe from all their programmes. Great if you got a veg box with parsnips for the 6th week running.
    I’m loving the new River Cottage Autumn series. Super cosy telly but makes me yearn for pig in all it’s varied and wonderful forms.

  19. Love Jamie!

    And the October thing is something to do with everyone getting laid over Christmas and New Year, apparently.

  20. We had Jamie tea tonight and it was awesome! We had his roasted cricket ball squash from Jamie at Home. That book is so gorgeous to look at as well…

  21. Hmmm… I made my first batch of your banana choc muffins to use up some bananas last night. HUGE hit with husband (ok, with me too!). Tonight, however, I think I’ll make this soup so I feel better about eating the muffins. It’s only fair that the indulgences from one of your recipes is balanced with the goodness from another!

  22. PS. I should also add garlic to the above recipe, and also say that Nige uses dried beans from posh Italian deli places which require overnight soaking etc, however the convenience of tins appeals more…

  23. Hey, Shauna. I do hope things get better soon. Maybe if Jamie came to your house and cooked you soup in the buff, that would make things better, no? Mmmmmm…now I can’t stop thinking about Jamie in the buff πŸ˜‰ Be well. Lynn

  24. Soup was a big hit, even though I broke two cardinal rules 1. Served it on Monday night football (apparently that night is supposed to be reserved for manly foods like pizza and hotdogs-although it’s veggie dogs here). 2. Really not supposed to cook soup until daytime temps drop below 90….I turned down the air conditioner ;). Thanks, I get tired of trying to figure out what to cook for my newly converted veggie family and always appreciate a recipe that is also lowfat

  25. Whoa Jamie seems popular with the ladies. Hehe.

    Mima! That soup sounds ACE. I am definitely going to make it, complete with animals.

    Rebecca – Glad you enjoyed it, sultry weather and all!

    Jo – Cool! You reminded me of those killer muffins! I’ve got four bananas about to turn to pulp…

  26. Don’t worry about it Toots, I’m sure he has enough in the piggy bank to cover Spelt Muffun and Poppy Seed Loaf’s school fees for one more term. If not they can always get work in the school canteen…

  27. Um, I could give you a recipe and then you can give it to Jamie and then the copyright infringement is, like, cancelled out? How about a recipe for KnΓΆdel [ki-nuuu-dill]? Uses up old, hard bread, is tasty, is German and I got it from a Canadian-ex who may have got it from a Czech-ex. Who probably got it from some Oma. Surely that would even out the karma and spread the love? Chin up!

  28. I have the biggest crush on Jamie! I just bought the book to keep him alive so I can stare at him more and listen to his lisp.

    But in all honesty, it’s a good read. Worthy every penny. American penny, that is.

  29. We bought the book for Dan’s brother’s birthday and I really enjoyed flicking through it. i plan to buy it when it comes down in price pre-Christmas. Lot’s of good easy simple ordinary food recipes that would be useful in any kitchen. I love my food porn Nigella books but I’ve only ever tried one of her chocolate cakes and it wasn’t as successful for me as it looked in the book.

  30. Jamie’s Ministry of Food is $65 in Australia – outrageous! I will wait till the Christmas / New Year sales to buy it.

  31. Im eating this soup right now for lunch and it’s the goods baby. I dont even like celery but i eat it all up. Ive made it that many times now i even add leek and can you believe it, birds eye chilli!! Jamie’s working miracles in my kitchen.

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