If you're looking for delicious, taste bud tickling soup for lunch that will warm you up, then this is it. Packed with lots of fibre and warming root ginger, this soup will not only warm you up, it'll keep you feeling full all afternoon. Sprinkle a few toasted almonds on the top and a some fresh chives and you've now got a great starter for when you have friends round.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Saute the onion with the garlic and the ginger in about two inches of cold water in a large soup pot for three minutes.
Add the carrots, parsnips and celery to the pot. Stir and cover and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes.
Add the stock and the bay leaf. Stir and cook for a further 20 minutes until the carrots and the parsnips are cooked - use a knife or taste them to check.
Once cooked, puree with a stick blender then add the drained butterbeans. Return to the heat and stir. If you don't like your soup thick, add a little hot water to it until it reaches your desired consistency.
Serve in warm soup bowls, topped with toasted almonds and a few chives.