James Whelan Butchers: Beef, Bacon and Bean Soup

Beef,bacon and bean soupThis is a good robust main course soup and no trouble to make.

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  • 225g dried white beans i.e. haricot beans soaked overnight
  • 1 tablesp. oil
  • 50g streaky bacon, diced
  • 225g shin beef, diced
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 2-3 teasp. ground cumin
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2-3 sticks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 2 tablesp. wine vinegar
  • 1 litre water
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Garnish
  • 6 slices bread, toasted with slices of farmhouse cheese

Serves 6

To Cook

Rinse the beans. Cover with water and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse again. Heat the oil in a large pot and sauté the bacon, beef, bay leaves, cumin, onion, garlic, celery and carrots. Add the beans, tomatoes, vinegar, water and seasoning. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1½ hours.

Serving Suggestions

Serve topped with a slice of the bread and melted cheese.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post by Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers. Pat is a 5th generation butcher, cook book author and the director of  James Whelan Butchers with shops in Clonmel, the Avoca Handweavers Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue, Dunnes Stores Cornelscourt, Rathmines and Swords in Dublin. Sign up to our newsletter for more updates from James Whelan Butchers

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