Prep 20 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Grandmas Calarazie Bean Soup...warms the soul on a cold day. Crusty bread and a nice red wine...
- 1⁄2 cup fava beans, dried
- 1⁄2 cup great northern bean, dried
- 3 cups water
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, finely chopped
- 1 large celery rib, finely chopped
- 4 cups savoy cabbage, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 cups frisee, cut into 1 inch pieces (or escarole)
- 1⁄2 cup freshly grated romano cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup broken spaghetti (optional)
- Cover each bean in separate bowls with cold water.
- Soak beans overnight.
- Note: this water is not part of the three cups added in the recipe.
- Next day boil fava beans in their same water for five minutes, drain, cool slightly and cut a small slit with knife and remove skins.
- Set aside.
- Drain the great northern beans, (no cooking here.) Set aside.
- Place 1 tablespoons olive oil into a large soup pot, add onion, carrot, and celery cook over med. heat about five minutes.
- Add tomato paste and cook another two minutes, add in also 1 tsp chilli powder and 1/2 tsp cumin powder.
- Add all beans, water, stock, Partially cover the pot, and cook on med.
- heat for about thirty minutes.
- OR JUST UNTIL BEANS ARE HALF COOKED.
- Now add the cabbage and lettuce.
- Cook now until the beans are tender about 40 minutes or so.
- Taste now and add salt and pepper-- remembering that the final garnish of cheese will add a salty taste also.
- Ladle into bowls.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese and drizzle olive oil over each lightly.
- Also if desired you can break up about 1/4 cup spaghetti and cook separately, and then at serving add as a noodle if desired.
This was good. I'm used to a little stronger italian flavor from escarole and/ or garlic, even other spices added, but this had a milder taste that I think kids especially would like. It reminded me of a soup they made on the farm...very simple yet wonderful with that crusty bread, a litte cheese maybe olive oil and yes...don't forget a wonderful wine. Oh Heavens door!!! Thanks andypandy