Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cranberry Bean Soup

Wow, this was such a hearty soup. Once we blended the beans & vegetables it was more like a stew with pasta in it. I actually think maybe it was too thick.
Next time we'll skip the whole blending step all together & then I think it'll be a great soup.

Cranberry Bean Soup
(Adapted from Soup's On!)

1 1/2 T olive oil
2 slices bacon, chopped
1 chorizo link, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 T rosemary, chopped
1 T sage, chopped
1 qt cold water
1 small russet potato, peeled & cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 carrot, sliced
2 stalked celery, sliced
3/4 c cranberry beans, canned or dried soaked overnight
4 oz small pasta
salt & pepper

In a soup pot heat the olive oil, bacon & chorizo over medium-low heat until the bacon begins to get crispy. Add the onion, garlic, rosemary & sage. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 6 minutes. Add the water, potato, carrots, celery & beans. Bring to a simmer & cook for 20 minutes is using canned beans or 1 hour is using dried. Beans & potato should be tender. Use a immersion blender or regular blender to process about 2 cups of the soup. Add the pasta & simmer until cooked, about 10 minutes. Test for seasoning & add salt & pepper.

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Anonymous said...

Anything with Chorizo and beans has to be good!

vanillasugarblog said...

what a great flavor-combination here!

grace said...

great soup, kat! i love the sage you've used to flavor it up (in addition to the bacon and chorizo, of course). yum.

Giff said...

nice! you know me and beans :)

Anonymous said...

Mmmm, I love bean soup especially when it's slightly thick. I haven't used chorizo in one yet but I can imagine it adds amazing flavor (especially alongside the bacon). Good job!

Lori said...

Of course, me being silly, thought you were talking about cranberries. But you know I like pureeing my beans a little. Like when I make minestrone, I puree half the beans to thicken the soup a little.I like that.

Dewi said...

cranberry beans? that sounds so delicious.

giz said...

I'm not even sure I know what cranberry beans are. With potato, pasta and beans in it, I can see how it would be a very dense soup.

Anonymous said...

Bacon + chorizo? Recipe looks good to me already. What kind of bread is that?

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