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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Comforting bean and cabbage soup (grab the Bean-o☺)



More than just bean soup. More than just cabbage soup. This soup will stick to your ribs, warm you up and make you feel good from the inside out.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
a big pinch of sea salt
1/2 pound potatoes, skin on, cut 1/4-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
5 cups stock. Make with vegetable bouillon for ease of preparation.
1 1/2 cups white beans, precooked or canned (drained, rinsed well)
1/2 medium cabbage, cored and sliced into 1/4-inch ribbons
more good-quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Warm the olive oil in a large thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the salt and potatoes. Cover and cook until they are a bit tender and starting to brown a bit, about 5 minutes - it's o.k. to uncover to stir a couple times.

Stir in the garlic and onion and cook for another minute or two. Add the stock and the beans and bring the pot to a simmer. Stir in the cabbage and cook for a couple more minutes, until the cabbage softens up a bit.

Now adjust the seasoning - getting the seasoning right is important or your soup will taste flat and uninteresting. Taste and add more salt if needed, the amount of salt you will need to add will depend on how salty your stock is (varying widely between brands, homemade, etc). Continue to simmer until cabbage is tender. This is a judgment call - I like mine well done, others prefer a bit more firmness - you'll know

Serve drizzled with a bit of olive oil and a generous dusting of cheese.

8 comments:

Protege said...

Dining at your place must be a divine experience.;) Thank you for yet another lovely recipe.;)
xo
Zuzana

crochet lady said...

Sounds great, there's nothing better than soup on a cold winter day.

Shopgirl said...

Don't you just love homemade soup!!! This sounds like something my Mother would have made. She loved cabbage.
You share the most wonderful food...I will make this for Arney, he would love it.
I hope you are having a wonderful winter. Thank you for coming to visit me, you are a sweetheart...Big Hugs, Mary

T's Daily Treasures said...

This soup sounds yummo! I'm vegetarian so this is a perfect recipe. Will definitely be giving it a try soon. I should be in Michigan this summer so will let you know ahead of time. I think it would be so much fun to meet up with blogging friends. There are so many who are close to areas I normally visit while there. Would certainly make the trip even more special! Have a great day! Blessings, Tammy

dottydotty said...

another fab looking recipe just right for a cold winter. I think my flowers are different because they are acrylic and i think the pattern ones are cotton so not so fluffy i just used what scraps I had.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Ok...I hope that you are working on that cookbook Mimi!
I started making your cream of celery soup today but got waylaid. I cooked the bacon, added the onion, celery...then added zukes and garlic...then added chili tomatoes and then a can of garbanzos. Threw in two low salt chicken bouillon, some water, herbs and it's a delish veggie chili. I WILL make the cream o' celery...just got distracted by the ice storm!
He hee!

Bird learning to fly... said...

Mimi,

You recipes are suberb, always!!

Cabbage and beans, "these are a few of my favourite things..." :D

Have grreat weekend and thank you for the comments!!

Purvail said...

Your Soup certainly sounds yummy. My late husband would have loved it and then i would have needed the beeno