|prepared with spinach as that is the greenery I had on hand.|
A comforting easy soup to make on the most hectic day. Feel free to use prepared boxes of veggie stock instead of homemade. My favorite brands of boxed stock are Kitchen Basics or Imagine. Both are just fine and come in a low or no sodium version (that's what I use). By now many of you have noticed I don't add salt except on rare occasions. If you need salt because you are used to it, go right ahead and add it. Don't tell me you did though, salt's not good for my blood pressure.
White Bean and Arugula Soup
about 8 servings depending on the size of your bowls.
1 T olive oil - use pure olive oil not extra virgin when you saute
1 onion, chopped
3 heaping T garlic, chopped
1 1/2 t thyme
1 t smokey paprika
1/2 t fresh cracked black pepper
2 (15 oz cans) white beans, rinsed and drained - or better still, cook up a pound of beans from dry, divide into two freezer bags that weigh about a pound each and use one bag each time you make the soup!
4 cups vegetable stock, preferably low or no sodium
2 medium red potatoes, chopped - you can always add more to make it super hearty
1 1/2 T olive oil (habanero olive oil is wonderful here, but not required by law)
2 C arugula, chopped
Saute in a large soup pot, pure olive oil, onion, thyme, black pepper. Stir frequently and when the onion is clear, add the garlic and saute for a few more minutes - do not brown the garlic or it may turn bitter. If the pot becomes dry before the veges are softened, add one tablespoon of the stock and continue to saute until the veggies are soft.
Shortly before serving the soup, heat a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil and saute the arugula or whatever greenery you are using. When it is wilted, add it to the soup.
I strongly recommend hot red pepper flakes for this - especially if you serve it thicker.
Serve with a warm homemade roll such as a brioche or a baking powder biscuit. A salad makes a lovely accompaniment - both for the visual and for the contrast of cool to hot. Enjoy mindfully and often.