Sunday, November 21, 2010
My soup making streak is far from over. I can't get enough. It also gives me a great deal of satisfaction to have so many soup options in my freezer, although every time I find a new favorite, like Ribollita, I know I would reach for that first.
This is my first chunky soup. It's also my first soup with beans. I found it while trying to figure out what to do with my lacinato kale. And it's my new favorite. The slightly spicy tomato flavor, creamy white beans (and here I thought that beans were always grainy - now I know you need to cook your own! forget cans!), and a great change in texture from the kale. The torn up bread made little pockets of liquid that squish in your mouth. The celery, carrots and onions were tiny nourishing bites. I even liked the chopped oily black olives on top - I bought just a few at the olive bar, next time I need to see if they come already pitted, but they added a great saltiness and a contrasting flavor. Are you hungry yet?
This recipe gave me 8 cups frozen, plus a full quart for the fridge, and that's not including the bowl I ate for dinner. And I'm going to make it again. :)