This Carrot and Butter Bean Soup is a hearty dish for the cooler seasons, slimming-friendly and perfect you’re if calorie counting or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
Despite the name, butter beans are very low in fat but high in protein. This makes this soup really filling without all the added calories!
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How many Calories are in this Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
There are 253 calories in each portion of our slimming friendly Carrot and Butter Bean Soup. This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category.
This recipe is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Carrot and Butter Bean Soup suitable for?
This recipe is suitable if you’re gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Stock cubes
You could also enjoy this Carrot and Butter Bean Soup if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
This substantial soup has Zero Points! It makes an amazing, hearty lunch, or you could even serve it as part of an evening meal with an accompaniment!
How to make this Carrot and Butter Bean Soup
This soup is so simple to make – you’ll never feel the need to buy ready-made soup again! Here’s a summary;
- Chop the onions and carrots and fry the onions in a little Low calorie cooking spray until they start to soften
- Add all of the other ingredients (saving back one tin of butter beans) and simmer
- Blitz, then add the rest of the butter beans. Simmer for a few minutes
- Serve with your choice of accompaniment from the list below
What should you should serve with Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
This soup is so thick and hearty that you don’t really need any accompaniment. If you do fancy a little something extra, any of the following would work well:
- Wholemeal Bread
- Rustic Potato Wedges
- Pitta Bread
- Rice Cakes
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
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This recipe doesn’t have any special ingredients – in fact, you’ve probably got what you need knocking about in your kitchen already!
We like to add a dash of Hot Sauce to this soup to add some warming chilli. We tend to use Frank’s Hot Sauce, but you could use any hot chilli sauce that you fancy. We also like to add a swirl of fat free yoghurt on top for some extra creaminess, but again, this is up to you and entirely optional.
We made this in the Thermomix, but don’t worry if you don’t have one we’ve included a stove top version too.
Can you cook Carrot and Butter Bean Soup another way?
Yes! You can cook this soup on the hob, or in the Thermomix.
Hob: 30 minutes or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
Thermomix: 30 minutes or so – see further instructions in the recipe card below.
How do you know when Carrot and Butter Bean Soup is cooked?
You should cook this Carrot and Butter Bean Soup until the vegetables are really tender, and you are able to purée it into a smooth soup.
This should take approx 30 minutes on the hob or in the Thermomix.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Carrot and Butter Bean Soup in the fridge?
Once you’ve served it, ideally you should eat this dish within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Carrot and Butter Bean Soup in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Carrot and Butter Bean Soup?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
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