Tuscan Tomato, Bean and Cabbage Soup

Serves 6

Prep time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cook time: 60 minutes


3 potatoes, yellow, waxy, peeled and chopped into chunks

150ml extra virgin olive oil plus extra

2 brown onions, finely diced

5 cloves garlic, finely sliced

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

1 tbs Ardmona® tomato paste

1 tbs fennel seeds

2 bay leaves

6 sprigs of thyme

1 x 400gms can Ardmona® crushed tomatoes

1 litre water

1 chicken stock cube

500gms cabbage, sliced into chunks

250gms zucchini, finely diced

250gms of radicchio, coarsely chopped

1 x 400g can cannellini beans, drained and crushed

salt flakes and freshly ground pepper

2 tsp sugar

stale crusty bread for bruschetta

pecorino or parmesan cheese, shaved


Partially boil potatoes in a saucepan of water for 15 minutes. Set aside.

In a large pot, cook oil, onions, garlic, celery and carrot over low heat for 15 minutes until golden. Stir in tomato paste, fennel seeds, bay leaves and thyme. Cook a further 3 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, water, stock cube, cabbage, zucchini, radicchio, potato and cannellini beans. Simmer for 25 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Finish with freshly shaved parmesan.

Serve with thickly sliced bread, toasted and rubbed with a raw garlic clove and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

What’s your favourite winter soup?