Baked Bean Soup

Look at this soup, all inviting and warm, you would think that it's the perfect winter warmer. Wrong, this soup is an abomination. Then why did I cook it? The answer is: "It's not my fault".
We have all heard that excuse before. Little Johnny comes back from school with fish in his hair, clothes all dirty, sporting only one shoe, when you asked what happened, he replies: "he made me do it" to which invariably you will say: "So, if he asked you to jump over the cliff blabla bla bla..."
Except in this case, I am little Johnny and Dom made me do it. Dominic Franks from Belleaukitchen has an event which I have wanted to enter for donkey's years. It's all to do with random and recipe books. This month, we were supposed to throw our past Christmas gifts/books in the air and pick a recipe  from the landing page.
Thankfully, I don't get many recipe books at Christmas, but I did get one a couple of years ago which I love: Celebration of Soups by Lindsey Bareham. This book is simply great, pages after pages of soup wonderful recipes from around the world.
Except that when I threw it in the air, faith had it landing open on a choice of boiled oyster soup, Brussels sprout soup and baked beans soup. This was a non-choice, at this stage, I should have cheated but, oh no, I soldiered. Described as a rapid to make, it may be nutritious but the result is yurk.
Now, I feel strange to share it with you but rules are rules therefore Baked Bean soup gets entered in Dom's December 'random recipes' challenge, moreover if you wanted to give it a go, love baked beans, Worcester sauce, onions and bacon here is how to make

Baked Bean Soup
a recipe adapted from L. Bareham, wonderful book A Celebration of Soups
Proudly entered in
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 chopped rashers of rindless smoked back bacon
  • 420g can baked beans
  • 300ml each of chicken stock
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • paprika
  •  Salt or soya sauce and pepper

    Heat 1 tbsp sunflower oil in a large pan.
    Chop and lightly fry 1 onion and 2 chopped rashers of rindless smoked back bacon for 10 minutes.
    Add a 420g can baked beans with 300ml each of chicken stock.
    Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce and a pinch each of paprika then cover and cook gently for 10 minutes, do not let it boil.


    Unknown said...

    From the ingredients it sounds like it should be OK, then again bacon, stock and tinned beans means it would probably end up being too salty for my taste.

    Did you watch Masterchef Australia? One of the judges made a soup using baked beans but blended them and added cream, coriander seed and orange zest (can't remember if there was anything else) to pass it off as quick Tuscan bean soup.

    At least this wasn't an expensive disaster. I need to join in with random recipes more often.

    Solange Berchemin of Pebble Soup said...

    Hi Jen,

    I wouldn't say that it is over salty, probably because of the sweetness of the baked beans.

    I didn't watch Masterchef Australia but I have noticed on various sites that blending this soup is quite popular, recommended for kids. Poor little ones.

    Thanks for dropping in

    Phil in the Kitchen said...

    I've got a copy of that book and I've made a number of good soups from it. I've never been tempted to try this one and I don't think I ever will now. Dom does lead us astray sometimes.

    Solange Berchemin of Pebble Soup said...

    Written like a true wise man, Phil :)

    Unknown said...

    Oh you poor love... But in the true spirit of random recipes you soldiered on and that's what it's all about! Most definitely going down as close to the most random ever! Thanks so much for entering this month xx

    Unknown said...

    Sounds.... yuk. My first Random recipe was awful too, but the next was worth it!!!

    Solange Berchemin of Pebble Soup said...

    Hey Dom, when I saw what was on that page, and again I'd like to stress that I love that book, I was pleased that I didn t have to go with the other options
    It has been fun so thanks

    Solange Berchemin of Pebble Soup said...

    Hi Sarah, I try to enter a different challenge every month but I was delighted to enter Dom's . It was fun though not to my taste

    Ruth Ellis said...

    Well... at least it was a quick disappointment! Would have been worse if you'd spent hours slaving over a hot stove for an uninspiring result - and moderately nutritious which at least is something going for it...

    Solange Berchemin of Pebble Soup said...

    I'll tell you what: had I cooked it for anything else than Dom's challenge I would have been peeved. It's an excellent book though.

    Sally Akins said...

    I love bacon, baked beans and Worcestershire sauce, but I can imagine that somehow together they just don't work.

    Well done for soldiering on through it though!



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