I’ve been making this chowder for over thirty years. In many flats I lived in, I often had a pot of this on the stove once a week. While it can be served immediately, I prefer to cook it the day before and let the flavour seep into the beans.
And it’s more than a soup – it’s a full meal. This recipe makes four main course servings. It also has curative properties – I often found the pot empty after flatmates arrived home after the witching hour!
I’ve made this recipe vegan but for vegetarians, I highly recommend a handful of grated cheddar on the top when serving. It is so hearty, it doesn’t need any other accompaniment.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped finely
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 head of broccoli, florets and some of stalk
1 tin butter beans, drained (or the equivalent of dried butter beans, soaked and pre-cooked)
1 bag frozen corn*
1 tablespoon, parsley (dried)
1 heaped teaspoon, mixed herbs (dried)
1½ pints good quality vegetable stock
Sea salt and ground black pepper to season
1. Heat the oil
2. Fry onion until soft for about 8-10 minutes
3. Add garlic and continue cooking for 2 more minutes
4. Add in the carrots and potatoes and mix in thoroughly
5. Add stock, broccoli and butter beans, parsley and mixed herbs
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper
7. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes
8. Add corn and simmer for another 5 minutes
* Tinned corn doesn’t suit this recipe