Recipe by Just Call Me Martha
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!
Top Review by Sackville
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.
- 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
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.