Men's Health (UK)
START YOUR RENEWAL PLAN
Step 1 Buy your vegetables from the reduced aisle, as over-ripe is a good thing when it comes to soup. Not only are they cheaper, but they’re easier to digest, too. Heat some olive oil in a lidded pan. Add the bacon, leek, carrot, celery and onion. Simmer gently for eight minutes.
Time so far: 10min
Step 2 Add the stock and tomatoes. Cover and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. Resist the temptation to pour yourself a glass of wine.
Time so far: 30min
Step 3 Throw in the beans and pasta – your hunger-killing double act. The combination of protein and low-GI carbs will keep you full for longer, slaying your cravings and aiding your weight loss efforts. Cook for 10 minutes.
Time so far: 40min
Step 4 Add the basil and cabbage to the top of the soup so they can lightly steam. When they’re cooked but still have crunch, serve yourself a bowl and save the rest to eat in the week. It’s healthier, cheaper and tastier than anything you’ll find in the supermarket’s chiller cabinet.
Total time: 50min
• Pancetta or bacon lardons, a pack
• A leek, sliced
• A carrot, diced
• A celery stick, sliced
• An onion, large, chopped
• Vegetable stock, 1.4L
• Chopped tomatoes, 400g
• Cannellini or butter beans, a can, drained
• Macaroni or fusilli, 50g
• Basil, a handful of torn leaves
• A savoy cabbage, shredded