For all you northern hemisphere climate dwellers who are in denial, “Winter is coming”. There’s cool morning air and pleasant sunny days. Richard told me incredulously that he saw a completely red maple tree this week.
It’s mid September in the Northland and I am starting to make soups. I went to the Minneapolis farmers’ market last Sunday and bought fresh herbs: Opal basil and Thai basil along with veggies: Dragon kale – loved the name – bok choy or pak soy (depending on where it’s bought) and thought about getting more, green veggies in my diet.
Cannellini = A white Italian kidney bean
Soup recipes can contain all the leftovers in the refrigerator or on a whim, they can contain a few select ingredients and be really yummy. This is a vegetarian soup recipe with Cannellini beans that is super simple. I splurged and bought organic veggies – what a flavor – Mama Mia! (Chicken version of the soup is below)
1-1 ½ cup of celery sliced into ¼ inch pieces
1 medium carrot sliced
½ medium yellow onion thinly chopped and diced – the kind that bring tears to your eyes
½ teaspoon cumin
pinch of paprika
1-15 oz. can ( 425 gr) of cannellini – Trader Joe’s – substitute great northern beans
Cut up the onion, carrot and celery and add to a heavy bottom pan. Cover with 2 cups of water and cook over a slow heat (about 10-15 minutes) until tender, but not mushy. Don’t walk away! Add the paprika, just a little pinch. Next drain the beans, while the veggies are simmering and add to the pot. Stir together and add water to cover everything – about 2 cups. Then toss in that wonderful spice, that’s good for what ails you, cumin. Stir again and let cook down, watching carefully for about 30-40 minutes. The longer it cooks the more stew like it becomes. Add water if needed.
Serves two people. Add a salad and bread to make a meal.
It’s so good that you’ll wish you had more. Wait ‘til you smell it.
Note: This is my made up recipe. I did fudge by using canned beans! Don’t add salt with canned beans as they have plenty of it. Theirs is no need to add pepper either. Take a side taste trip to India through Italy.
This what I did – For a non-vegetarian version of cannellini soup recipe– take one organic chicken breast – found at Lund’s or Byerly’s grocery stores – cook in a tablespoon of olive oil in a small cast iron pan. Brown on each side. Slice into strips while in the pan and make sure the chicken is cooked through thoroughly. Cut the chicken into bite size chunks and add to the soup. Take about ½ cup of water from the soup and throw in the still warm cast iron pan, stir up the good stuff and throw that into the soup.
mangiare: to eat – Italian