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The World Bean Kitchen: Passport to Flavor
Ingredients Amount
Olive oil ½ cup
Butter 2 oz.
Onions, small dice 2 cups
Carrots, small dice 1 cup
Celery, small dice 1 cup
Mixed Beans, dry, soaked* 1 cup
Stock, chicken or vegetable 2 quarts
Crust from Parmigiano 3 X 3, cleaned 1 ea.
Yukon Gold potatoes, small dice 1 cup
Zucchini, small dice 2 cups
Tomatoes, plum, canned 1 cup
Spinach, shredded 4 cups
Kosher salt and fresh ground to taste
Black pepper
Parmigiano, grated 1 cup

Method

  1. Melt butter with olive oil over low heat, add onions, and sweat until wilted and soft, about 10 minutes. Add carrots and cook 3 minutes. Add celery, soaked beans, stock, and Parmigiano rind and cook for about 45 minutes, or until the beans are al dente.

  2. Add diced potatoes and zucchini and cook for another 20 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices.

  3. Partially cover and cook at low simmer for at least 30 more minutes. Add more broth as necessary.

  4. Add spinach and a splash of olive oil; season with kosher salt and black pepper.

  5. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and some of the grated Parmigiano.

*Note: Beans need to be soaked overnight in a container with cold water to cover by 3 inch. Drain the water and use in the soup. Mixed beans can be pink, pinto, kidney, white beans, butter beans or cranberry.

Yield: 2 quarts