White Bean Soup

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Wow. It’s been a bit since I’ve had the chance to post. Between holidays, my husband’s work schedule, and my baby going from stationary to non stop movement I’ve been having trouble keeping up. Still cooking pretty much every day, but I got to say even for me, someone who loves to cook, everyday cooking is getting to me.

My husband and I rarely go out to dinner, especially without the kids, but as soon as the pandemic is over, we’re going out to dinner. Alone. Somewhere fancy, that we have to dress up for. I want to be waited on and not have to refill a plate before I’ve even had a bite or be told that “I’m not eating this” before I have even sat down. Love the little darlings but they put a different out look on meals after eating at home for breakfast/lunch/dinner plus 2 snacks a day for the past, what, 10 months? Don’t get me wrong, we’ve ordered pizza, but we haven’t actually gone out to eat between having a newborn and the pandemic in over a year. Actually, this week is probably the 1 year mark from the last time we went out alone together.

I only remember it because I was just over 40 weeks pregnant with an almost 10 lb baby and I sort of “stuck out” (pun not technically intended) at our little mom and pop diner that we love so much. The waitress asked when I was due and I responded “three days ago”.

Anyways, I’m not sure we have any semi-fancy restaurants around here with vegetarian options, but I’ll have to do some research and considering it’s probably at least 6 more months until things start heading back to something resembling normal, I’ve got time.

So while I wait for the chance to go out to a lovely dinner I don’t have to prepare, I’ll keep cooking. This soup is delicious and very simple to make. Best part is that it doesn’t require a lot of prep work. Begin by dicing 1/2 an onion, 1 carrot, and 2 celery stalks. I had celery that was previously diced and frozen, which worked just fine. Add the diced veggies and 1/2 tsp garlic with some olive oil to a large soup pot. Saute this for about 10 minutes until the carrots begin to soften.

Once the veggies have softened, add 1 tsp Italian seasonings. Saute until fragrant. Add 8 cups of vegetable broth, a drained and rinsed 15 oz can of white beans, and 28 oz of diced tomatoes. Once the boiling add about 1/2 a pound of pasta (I used elbows). Lower the temperature to medium and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Finally add 1 heaping cup of frozen mixed vegetable and continue simmering for 5-10 minutes until they have cooked through. Test the pasta to make sure it is fully cooked before serving.

White Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 8 cups of vegetable broth
  • 15 oz can white beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb pasta of choice (I used elbow)
  • 1 heaping cup of frozen mixed vegetables

Instructions:

  1. Dice 1/2 an onion, 1 carrot, and 2 celery stalks. Place these in a large soup pot with garlic and olive oil. Saute for about 10 minutes until the carrots have softened, then add 1 tsp Italian seasonings. Continue sauteing until fragrant.
  2. Add 8 cups of vegetable broth, the white beans, and 28 oz of diced tomatoes. Bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add 1 heaping cup of frozen mixed vegetables and cook for about 5-10 more minutes. Test to make sure the pasta is fully cooked and serve!

Creamy Chickpea Soup

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As I have multiple recipes including it, you can probably tell I love turmeric. It has a wonderful slightly sweet yet earthy flavor and you can’t beat the beautiful yellow color. So here we are with another recipe using turmeric. Creamy Chickpea Soup is a quick cooking soup that use a roux as a base to get the creamy texture.

When I first started cooking roux’s were slightly intimidating but after years of practice it’s really a simple ratio and accepting that you may need a bit of patience. So to start just dice about a cup of celery and 1/2 an onion. Place these in a soup pot with a bit of oil and 1 tsp of garlic. Saute the onion, celery and garlic for about 5-10 minutes until the onion is translucent.

I used frozen celery. Bought fresh but diced and frozen for future use.

Once the onion is translucent, add 2 tbsp of butter. Let this fully melt then add 1/4 cup of flour and combine them well. The vegetables will begin lumping together.

Continue sauteing this for 3-5 minutes then very slowly stir in 2 cups of milk to combine with the roux. The temp should be medium high as the milk will need to come to a simmer. Milk can scald very easily so just make sure the temp isn’t too high and that you are stirring continuously. As you stir it should begin to thicken. Set the temperature to medium and while stirring frequently allow the milk to thicken. You should be able to feel the difference as you stir.

Once the milk has thickened, add 2 cups of broth, once again pouring in slowly and stirring consistently. This may take away some of the thickness so make sure the milk is thoroughly thickened before adding broth. Allow this to simmer for about 5-10 minutes once added, stirring frequently.

Add 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables, 15 oz of chickpeas (drained and rinsed), 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp paprika, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the mixed vegetables are cooked through and serve.

Creamy Chickpea Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • oil of choice
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 15 oz can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Diced 1 cup of celery and 1/2 an onion. Place these in a pot with 1 tsp garlic and a bit of oil. Saute for about 5-10 minutes until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add 2 tbsp butter, let this melt and combine with the veggies. Once butter is fully melted, add 1/4 cup of flour. Stir to combine the veggies, butter and flour and create a roux. Let this cook for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Very slowly add 2 cups of milk, stirring continuously as you add it. As you continue stirring, bring the milk to simmering. As you stir you should feel the milk begin to thicken. Simmer about 5-10 minutes until thickened.
  4. Slowly add 2 cups of vegetable broth, stirring frequently. Allow this to simmer for another 5-10 minutes until thickened.
  5. Add 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp paprika, 15 oz can of chickpea (drained and rinsed), and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the mixed veggies are cooked, then serve!