Oh snap! We had a cold one come through the ‘Sip this weekend. I knew cooler weather was coming, but I wasn’t prepared for how cold it actually was. Let’s just say I’m surprised that Child Protective Services didn’t pick me up at the fair this weekend – Lovegirl was definitely not properly dressed. She needed a hat, a heavier jacket, gloves….I’ll stop before I further incriminate myself!
Anyhoo, one of my favorite things about cooler weather is cooking and eating soups and stews. I love the way a pot of soup simmering on the stove makes the house smell and I feel all domestic and thangs. I bought a soup cookbook about two years ago with the intention of cooking my way through the book. Well, I’ve only made one recipe so far – I like it so much that I have yet to venture into any other recipes. I first tried it when I was fasting from meat – ate this stuff almost every day for nearly a month. Without any further ado…
Borlotti Bean and Pasta Soup (my adjustments in blue)
Serves 4 (I think it serves way more!)
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
5 T olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 glass white wine (I haven’t tried it w/wine yet)
4 C vegetable stock
14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 1/4 cups passata (never been able to find this, I just use a can of stewed tomatoes)
1 1/2 cups pasta (I’ve used mini-bowtie and mini-penne)
14 oz can of borlotti beans (can’t find these either – I use cannellini or great northern)
9 0z fresh spinach (I use a whole bag of baby spinach leaves)
2/3 C Parmesan cheese
* Place the onion, celery and carrots in a large pan w/the olive oil. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the vegetables soften. Stir occasionally.
* Add the bay leaf, wine, stock, tomatoes and passata, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are just tender.
* Add the pasta and beans and bring the soup back to a boil. (I usually just add the beans and let the soup simmer for a while to develop the flavors and then add the pasta) Simmer for 8 minutes until the pasta is al dente. Stir frequently.
* Season to taste w/salt and pepper. Add spinach. Cook for another 2 minutes. Garnish w/Parmesan.
So easy and so good!
I’ve never added meat, but the recipe book suggests adding cooked spicy sausage or bacon for variety.