Sunday, July 15, 2012

White Bean and Vegetable Soup to Chase Away the Summer Blues!


Hold on! Wait a minute! It's summer! doesn't that mean the kids are supposed to be running around fully recharged, glowing with health and vitality?  Well not in my neck of the woods.  Every time I turn around another one has a come down with a virus, cold or some such malady. The only way I can possibly cope with this unwelcome intrusion of sickness is to make soup.  Soup is therapy.  Not only for the recipient but for the cook.  It makes everything thing seem alright and under control.  Which it's not. But I expect it will be - if we make and drink enough soup.


As with most soups, it really doesn't matter too much what combination of vegetables you put in.  The following is what I had in my fridge and work beautifully with the cannellini beans.
White Bean and Vegetable Soup.

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 leek, chopped
Handful of fresh parsley
A nice large sprig of fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon of cumin
2, 15 oz cans of cannellini beans
32 oz packet of chicken or vegetable stock

In a Dutch oven or large saucepan heat the olive oil.  Add the onion and saute on a low heat for approx 10 minutes. 

Add the carrots, leek, celery, garlic, parsley, rosemary, cumin, salt and pepper.  Saute on a low heat for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the vegetables don't burn.

Add the cannellini beans and stir well.


Add the chicken or vegetable stock, bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and place another rosemary sprig on top.  Partially cover the pot and cook for about 15 minutes.


When the vegetables and bean are tender, remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes or so. Transfer to a blender and puree, do this in batches.   Return the soup to the pot, check the seasonings and serve.

48 comments:

  1. This looks and sounds delicious and very healthy! LOVE that it doesn't have butter or cream. I have to make this. xo

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  2. I love vegetables soup and this look amazing!! I love the shot!

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  3. Mary why you participate in the next challenge, is the next month, you have amazing recipes and all months we have a part of England to choose a recipe:)

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  4. I could eat this soup any time of year, sick or not! Looks so rich and creamy. (Your blog looks so beautiful, too!)

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    Un saludo muy cordial.

    Manoli

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  6. Oh, that is gorgeous! I love soup. Summer sickness just seems worse for some reason! Hope the germs leave you all alone very soon!

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  7. Oh I love a good bowl of soup - the perfect comfort food.
    This looks and sounds so tasty - you will soon have everybody fighting fit. :))

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  8. Yum! This looks & sounds delicious! Luckily, I haven't gotten sick, but my husband is very ill right now.

    Stay healthy!

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  9. This soup looks great and sounds so comforting!

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  10. Soup helps what ails you no matter what season it happens to be. This one looks so smooth and velvety.

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  11. Now that sounds like a lovely comforting soup and one to keep on my recipe files! I don't know what a Dutch Oven is though, I must look it up!
    I hope everyone in your family will soon be feeling quite better.

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  12. Oh I know what you mean... those viruses still go around during the summer. We made soup last week too. This one looks SO good!

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  13. We're definitely having a chilly, soup-eating summer over here! :-)

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  14. So sorry someone is sick! but the soup really sounds and looks like it could be the cure! Yum!

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  15. So sorry to hear you've got sick ones, especially during their summer vacation. But soup is always the answer.

    Your photo is very impressive. It's hard to get a good soup picture.
    Sam

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  16. I hope this nurtured the family back to health - looks deliciously healthy!

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  17. Sorry your kids are sick Mary but this soup should certainly cure anything that ails them - it looks fabulous! I made soup today too, we're soup twins! :)

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  18. Sorry to hear there is sickness about. I am sure this delicious soup will be a cure all though.

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  19. What a delicious soup! I haven't made soup for...I don't even know if I've ever made homemade soup before! I must start, this looks great!

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  20. Soup is so often overlooked during the warmer months - this sounds absolutely amazing. Great post!

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  21. Wow pretty cool post ,I would like to pay a heartily tribute for the author of this article for sharing such a innovative ideas about the food recipe.I'll try this very soon..company logo design

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  22. Looks and sounds amazing... even if it's 100 degrees outside!!

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  23. I eat and love soup any day of the year! This looks delicious.

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  24. that is crazy that they are continuing to get sick. Your right- usually that doesn't happen in the summer- that is why i look forward to it:) this soup however, sick or not, sounds amazing and just perfect. I would love to try it

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  25. Mary, so sorry to hear that your kids are under the weather. However, with your healthy soup they should be back in the swi g of things soon. I love the new look of your blog!!

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  26. This soup looks glorious! I hope it gets your little ones back to good health :)

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  27. I love making soup as well, its very relaxing and I always feel so proud after I have made a big pot of it.

    This soup looks fabulous and is one that I am going to bookmark for the fall.

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  28. Soup is most definitely the cure all. You're right. Hope your kids are feeling better. I love the idea of a white bean vegetable soup. I'm going to bookmark this one for sure.

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  29. Nice... that reminds me we hadn't had white beans in so long, we always seem to cook with kidney beans lately, but I think white beans have a slightly more starchy consistency and more delicate flavor. Will try :)

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  30. This looks gorgeous. What a pretty photo too. The bean and vegetable combination is one of our favorites.

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  31. How pretty! I bet it's delicious.

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  32. This looks perfect to help get in shape for summer as well, can't wait to try it!

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  33. hi mary, looks creamy..even without the cream, fabulous!hope your kids are getting better now!

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  34. Oh this soup looks amazing! We have been under the weather and soup makes everything better when you don't feel good. BTW, GORGEOUS bowl too!!!

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  35. This soup looks and sounds so tasty

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  36. ME ENCANTA LA SOPA DE VEGETALES TE HA QUEDADO ESTUPENDA Y SALUDABLE,ABRAZOS HUGS,HUGS.

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  37. Everything, but the 'kitchen sink' soup...I say!
    So lovely and totally delicious. The photos, and the presentation is awesome, as well:D

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  38. What a beautiful looking soup... I love anything with white beans, so this is perfect for me.

    LOVE the new look of your blog, absolutely beautiful and such a lovely foil to your gorgeous pictures!

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  39. What a great looking soup that is.
    Perfect for our weather here!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Shel x

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  40. This is a wonderful summer soup to keep the germs at bay!

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  41. Well, it is winter here and this would go well here too!
    + I love soups with beans!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  42. This looks so delicious! I hope your kids are better now! My son is having the flu and cough now! Sigh...!!

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  43. Hope everyone gets well QUICK!!
    However, this looks a great recipe that would cause one to not feel so bad about being under the weather...
    Your dishes always look so GOOD! I could eat them right off of the page...
    Hugs

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  44. I think I need a big bowl of soup, I feel rotten today. Not used to being ill.

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  45. My AC is blasting and I'm a bit chilly...a bowl of this soup would pretty nice right now. Looks delcious.

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  46. Wow it looks so delicious and yummy yummy..

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