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  • Of Food And Love: White Bean And Spinach Soup

    I’m starting to believe this old rhyme now that I’m a mother.

    Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot nine days old

    I don’t think they meant some people like it moldy, since it was sitting in the pot nine days one can only think that’s what said meal would be, but I think they meant some like it after it has had time to sit for a while, letting all those wonderful flavors come together and sing a song that makes your belly dance.

    I would highly recommend making this soup the day before to allow all the spices and flavors to marry, happily and make tasty babies.

    I love the smell of garlic and veggies being sauteed.  It takes cooking to a whole new level for me.  I kind of feel chef-ish, you know, like I really know what I’m doing or something.
    In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium low heat. Add the red pepper and garlic and sauté lightly for 4-5 minutes. Add the onions, carrots, and celery and sauté for another 6-7 minutes.

    I feel especially good when my husband comes in from work and I have the kitchen at a 10 on charts for aroma and he comments.  Score.
    Add the broth, beans, rosemary, thyme, and basil (don’t forget, you can add some meat: shredded chicken or perhaps some sausage) to the pot and simmer on medium heat for 10-12 minutes. Stir occasionally.

    My kids have taken a liking to soups and I was hoping this one would be a hit as well.
    Add spinach.  The spinach will be leaping out, but don’t worry, stir it in and soon it will find its place.  Approx 5 minutes.  Then add salt and pepper to taste.

    I must admit.  I’m loving this soup three days in the pot…and so are my kids.  D couldn’t stop eating it, especially with some hot bread.

    And since this makes an exorbitant amount, I took to freezing the rest in blocks, using my baking pan  :)   Works like a charm and now I have portion sized servings ready to pop in the pot at any given moment.

    White Bean and Spinach Soup ::  courtesy of Burgh Baby

    2-3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 red pepper, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/4 cup chopped carrots
    2 stalks celery, chopped
    4 cups broth (vegetable OR chicken)
    2 cans Great Northern Beans
    12-14 ounces fresh spinach (a bag of pre-washed spinach)
    1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    salt
    black pepper

    mmmmm mmmm good !

    Oh. Yes. Mmmhmm. Good.
    I saw the frozen soup storage on Pinterest and I’m doing that this weekend. I’m thinking of making some soup Friday evening and freezing the rest like you’ve done here. Do you think it’d be wise to heat up the smaller portions in a microwave? I’m looking for some easy things to warm up in the teacher’s lounge at school.

    Chandra

    24 Jan 2012, 7:14am
    by Mommy Hobbies

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    Yea, why not! It was very yummmyy :) ) And yes, Pinterest makes me look so smart. hahah

     

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