Elaine’s Recipe of the Month – Broccoli & Cannellini Bean Soup



Elaine’s recipe this month uses broccoli, which is high in vitamin C (see above for more on vitamin C) and cannellini beans which are a great source of fibre.

This heartwarming soup will keep you full for longer while delivering plenty of nutritional benefits, including the immune boosting benefits of garlic.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 210 g (7 oz) dried cannellini (white) beans, washed and soaked overnight
  • 750 g (1 1/2 lb) broccoli, washed and chopped (use florets and stems)
  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 120 g (4 oz) bacon, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Lo-salt and pepper


  1. Drain the soaking beans and put into a saucepan with approximately 2 litres of water and slowly bring to the boil.
  2. Cook beans for 1 1/2 hours, then add the broccoli stems and florets and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Next, pass everything else through a foodmill (do not blend in a processor as the texture will become too thick) or, if you don’t have a foodmill in your kitchen, simply mash the ingredients with a potato masher.
  4. Reheat the purée and add lo-salt to taste.
  5. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and fry the bacon and garlic until slightly golden.
  6. Pour the bacon and garlic into the saucepan with broccoli puree and mix well.
  7. Sprinkle with pepper and add a splash of cream to serve.

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.