Monday, October 20, 2014

One of the ultimate meals

It's Easy
It's cheap
It's healthy
It's eco-friendly

White Bean soup.
I mean seriously! Look at this bowl of yum!! rich and creamy and thick!! Hard to believe it's under $5 dollars. Absolutely. Under five bucks!

And there's no meat and no meat broth. So it's got a mighty small carbon footprint. 
And it's only 

So here are the ingredients... except the cat. 
Beans are easy but people tend to be intimidated by them. Two things.
1) Don't rush them
2) don't add salt until they're cooked, it messes with the texture.

I just follow the package directions for quick soak. In this case cover with water, bring to boil. boil for a couple rolling minutes, turn off and leave covered and let sit for 2 hours. 
When time is almost up I chop 4 big carrots, 4 ribs of celery, the onion, the whole onion! and a couple cloves of garlic. saute onion, celery and garlic in a tbl spoon of your fav oil until they are translucent and beginning to brown up.

Then when the beans are done, drain and rinse. and back in the kettle for soup!

Then it's half broth, half water (no measuring, just guessing) then vegies and some pepper if you like. NO SALT YET.  seriously. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 3 or 4 hours. 

once done, you take a nice big spoon and mash some of the beans agains the side of the kettle. This is how you get your rich creamy texture! As you do this keep stirring and the whole pot gets nice and thick. 

This has SO MUCH FLAVOR!! I crush some crackers into my bowl and eat until I can't take another bite :)