Bean and Vegetable Soup; lock-down

I love soup.

I love both European and American style soups.

Wait…. You didn’t know there was a difference?

Allow me to explain – with a story.

We had been on this side of the pond for 2 or 3 years and were living in Andorra. It was about this time of year and our golfing group had just had the ‘end of season’ tournament and lunch. We were invited back to some friends house for a light supper. She was a Scot and was making Scotch Broth. I wandered into the kitchen as she was putting the finishing touches on the soup. It looked wonderful with chunks of lamb, carrots, potatoes, and onions. I love chunky soups and was looking forward to this one.

Then she pulled out the stick blender and puréed the lot.

There you have the difference: European soups, more often than not, are puréed. American soups, more often then not, are chunky.

When European soups are chunky, like chili (chilli con carne is what it’s always called here), it may be served over rice.

I am now finished with all of the sweeping generalizations.

This is the soup I make with about 2/3’s of the beans I make in my Instant Pot.

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Bean and Vegetable Soup

This is a hearty, vegetable soup that keeps well and freezes well. It’s a warming lunch or light supper. 

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 4 cups (15oz, 900gr) peeled, chopped tomatoes, with all juices
  • 1 cup (8oz, 250ml) beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cup (15oz, 450gr) white or red beans
  • 1/3 cup bulgur


  • Heat oil in medium pot or small Dutch oven.
  • Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and sauté until tender.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, except bulgur and beans, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  • Add beans, bulgur and simmer 15 minutes longer.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve, refrigerate or freeze.


I used the beans and broth from cooking dried beans in my Instant Pot. If you are using canned beans you may or may not want to rinse them.
To make this vegetarian, use vegetable broth rather than beef. 

Keywords: hearty tomato soup, tomato vegetable soup

Bean & Vegetable Soup

Remember – this is soup. Make it your own. Add more beans or more broth or different beans or beef or ham or peppers or hot sauce…. I could go on, but you get the idea.

You could even purée it.

On another note….

We are under lock-down again. To be honest, I think it should have been done last week but it wasn’t my decision to make.

It could be called ‘lock-down light’. Schools, most businesses, government offices, and factories will remain open. Restaurants, bars, gyms, and shops not considered essential will close. (There is debate on FB as to whether book stores should be classified as essential – I vote yes. Again, not my decision.) Grocery stores and bakeries are, of course, essential, as are pharmacies.

Once again we will need to print out and sign a document every time we live our property. One difference is that this time we can go a whole kilometer from the house for exercise as opposed to a half km, and we can be out for an hour!

I can walk between our house and the village 4 1/2 times for my weekly walk now. Now that I think about it…. I guess I’ll have to make that a thrice weekly walk to get my time and distance in.

This is meant to last until December 1 – or later, depending.

I’m so glad I got that second freezer.

2 thoughts on “Bean and Vegetable Soup; lock-down”

  1. Well, you’re doing better than we are as far as rules and restrictions go. Now, we’ve been told if there’s two people or more walking together less than six feet apart, even if where they’re walking is empty of others except for them, if they’re not wearing masks (this is outside remember) and they don’t live under the same roof, they’ll be fined $1000. I am so sick of all of this.

    I think I mentioned that my mother was a Scot. And yes, the last thing to do when making scotch broth or any of her other soups handed down from her mother was to mash anything chunky. Now, when I was a girl, she cut most everything that she knew wouldn’t mash well into little tiny pieces to begin with, and then would take a potato masher to the rest after it had cooked down. Cant make true scotch broth here because hubs doesn’t like lamb 🙁

    • I never thought there would be such a cultural divide on soup! I guess, if there are chunks it’s stew. Our fines are 135 euro. A friend of mine was complaining about now being allowed to be in the car with her husband. She could understand 2 strangers not being allowed but not a married couple. I pointed out that the gendarmes didn’t need the extra work of stopping cars to check marriage licenses lol
      It all sucks but, then so does getting sick….
      I never tasted lamb until I met my hubs….

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