A sustaining, frugal feast in a pot.

Serves 6


olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 celery stalks, finely diced
1-2 carrots, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1 fresh bay leaf
1 400g tin diced tomatoes or home squished jar
1 400g tin cannellini beans, or dried beans soaked overnight
1L veggie/chicken stock
1 parmesan rind (optional)
1 bunch of kale, finely chopped
handful bruised parsley stalks for the pot
old stale bread to use up
chopped parsley and lemon to serve
extra parmesan to serve


Autumn veggies, a jar of squished tomatoes and the crusty ends of this week’s bread.  This is frugal feast meets one-pot-wonder, something to tick over on the stove and a nourishing meal to get down pat for the cool months ahead when hearty brassicas and slow cooking beans (or tinned in a hurry) can warm and fuel.  Like they’ve been doing just that for centuries.

This recipe is adapted from a Delicious. recipe, and note – if you have an abundance of ingredients this is great to make a lot of.  It’s even better the next day and is the most comforting thing to have on hand in case of a stale bread glut.  Why not keep a serve or two in the freezer.


Warm a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pot over a medium heat and sauté celery, carrot and onion for 15-20 minutes until soft.  Stir in the fennel seeds, chilli flakes and bay leaf, once they’re smelling nice add the rest of the ingredients and bring to the boil.

Reduce to a simmer for half an hour, or until everything is well cooked.  If you’ve used dried beans that have been soaked overnight, they’ll need an hour or so to cook, so leave out the kale for the first 30mins then do another 30 with the kale in.

Remove the chunk of rind (and any big parsley stalks) and season to taste.  Serve into bowls over the top of the chunky bread.  Top with more parmesan and parsley, plus a squeeze of lemon or a little grated rind.  A fresh swig of olive oil to top it all off.  Epic yet simple, and utterly comforting.