Mediterranean Thai Eggplant White Bean Soup

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is the first of my Pantry Challenge recipes. I am making a dish from whatever I have at home already - those ingredients which are "just waiting around." This soup came out quite nicely, with a great texture and a wonderfully creamy and rich taste! The leftovers didn't last long, either... hubby and I ended up "fighting" over who got the last bit. :)

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the ends off the eggplant then cut the eggplant lengthwise.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and lay the eggplant pieces cut-side-down on the sheet; bake the eggplant in the oven for 45 minutes.
  4. While eggplant is baking, grate half of the onion (you want the grated texture and intense flavor of the onion juice without the chopped texture) and chop the other half.
  5. When the eggplant is done, take one half and simply scoop out the soft inner parts; the other half you want to cut into chunky cubes (you can leave the peel on or not- it's up to you- but I removed it); turn off the oven.
  6. In a food processor, put half of the white beans, half of the chopped basil, the chopped onion (not the grated half), the garlic, half of the chopped scallions, and the half of the eggplant that you scooped out; whir the mixture until it is smooth.
  7. Put the processed mixture in a crockpot and add the remaining ingredients (including the other half of the divided items), and heat on low for 2 hours; alternately you could simmer it on the stove for 30 minutes.
  8. This is a very rich-tasting soup, so smallish servings can be a good idea.
Most Helpful

OMG this was AMAZING! I am not vegan or anything but I had to make this for my husband who is doing some sort of Easter fast for his Eastern Orthodox church. At any rate, we made this together and it was really good! I will certainly make this again!

Topsy K. March 29, 2015

The flavors just didn't come out like I thought they would. I made just as directed. If I made it again, I would use more garlic and ad salt & pepper.

zannah17 April 27, 2008

This soup was great! Rich and flavorful. The different textures of the pureed versus the non pureed halves are really worth the time to do them. I am looking forward to the next time this soup makes an appearance in our kitchen!

Steingrim February 17, 2005