Prep 25 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins
I got this recipe from a friend. I believe it originally came from a cookbook called HeartSmart. It is very good and good for you. For a quick meal, substitute canned beans. I have also substituted chicken stock for the vegetable stock with no problems. The salsa is best in the summer when there are "real" tomatoes!
- 1 1⁄2 cups dried white kidney beans or 1 1⁄2 cups navy beans
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1⁄4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
- 8 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
- 1 large potato, peeled and diced
- 1⁄2 cup small pasta or 1⁄2 cup rice or 1⁄2 cup couscous
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped and drained
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh arugula or 1⁄2 cup watercress
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or 2 tablespoons green onions
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- Cover beans with water and soak for 3 hours or overnight in fridge.
- Rinse and drain well.
- Heat oil in large pot.
- Add garlic, onions and hot pepper flakes and cook for a few minutes without browning.
- Add beans and stock.
- Bring to boil.
- Lower heat and simmer gently, covered for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
- Add potato and cook for 10 minutes or until tender.
- Puree soup in blender or food processor in small batches.
- Return to saucepan and thin with additional stock or water until soup reaches desired consistency.
- Add pasta or rice and cook for 10 min.
- Add salt& pepper.
- Pasta or rice with thicken soup slightly, so thin soup again if you wish.
- Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
- Combine all salsa ingredients.
- Serve soup in flat bowls with large spoonful of salsa in centre.
This is so easy to make. I took a few liberties with this recipe, but nothing major. I used canned beans instead of dried -- 2 cans for a 1/2 recipe. I also had to improvise with the salsa because I couldn't get any basil this time of year. Instead, I used a basil-flavoured olive oil to make a type of pesto, mixing it with the other ingredients for just a couple seconds in the food processor. Thanks for a quick recipe that warmed us up on a chilly winter day. If you don't like spicy things, this recipe has lots of flavour so I'm sure you could leave the chilli flakes out.