Four-bean soup on today’s menu

Capsicum Culinary Studio – South Africa’s largest chef school – has tasked its chef lecturers to come up with some easy, wholesome and healthy dishes, perfect for the whole family to enjoy during the current lockdown.

Springs-based Chef Lerato Panyane is part of the Capsicum Culinary Studio team at the Boksburg campus.

Says Chef Lerato about her recipe: “The four-bean soup is an easy dish to prepare as we start heading towards winter and is delicious served with garlic bread hot out of the oven. This is one of my go-to recipes when I feel like comfort food.”


Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tin of four bean mix in brine
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • ½ green pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed ginger and garlic
  • 2 large tomatoes diced
  • 1 large sweet potato diced and roasted
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 packet (200g) of baby spinach
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 500ml chicken stock/vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots peppers, ground cloves and turmeric. Let it cook for 8-10 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the crushed garlic and ginger, diced tomatoes, beans, roasted sweet potatoes, chicken/veg stock, as well as salt and pepper. Stir together and let come to a low boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the spinach and let it cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Serve soup with hot garlic bread.