Would you like to be described as-mild, nutty with firm flesh? Well… I’m nutty and mild tempered (or so I’ve been told) and I wish I could be described, “with firm flesh”! See a day with laughter is a day worth it all right?
Nutty, mild with firm flesh does describe my friend, white northern beans.
They make fabulous soups, if you have an Instant Pot you can go from-dried beans-to-eating your soup in 45 minutes! And if presoaked it only takes 8 minutes! Yes, that is not a typo. I like White Bean soups either with tomatoes and flavored with rosemary and thyme or add in basil and you can add other greens in with the soup. Just plain creamy is wonderful too. You will get to learn each option over the next couple of days.
If you are cooking your beans in an Instant Pot, salt your beans and add a bit of oil to the pot. The salt will give the beans great flavor along with the fresh herbs. The oil will prevent the beans from foaming up and out of the pot. Whenever I think of the word “pot” especially bubbling pot, I think of my favorite childhood story of The magic porridge pot. If you don’t know the story you can check out the video here. I remember being so excited to be able to read this book, it was the reason I wanted to read at an early age.
Today’s recipe is the simple basic recipe that will jump start the other recipes in the next couple of days. I’m so excited about these recipes you can eat this soup for 3-4 days and feel like you are eating a different soup each day!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can pick up a couple 15 ounce cans of organic white beans and make the soup anyway ok? The basic recipe makes 4+ cups of soup, you can cut it in half but by making 4+ cups you will have enough for 1-2 people to eat:
- Basic Tuscan White Bean Soup (may be the basic but soooo yummy)
- White beans with basil n greens or white bean with tomatoes
- Creamy White Bean Soup
Go start your Instant Pot! Enjoy!
Tuscan White Bean Soup
Easy, quick recipe for basic Tuscan white bean soup. With this recipe you can create several other fabulous, easy vegetarian soups.
- 1/4 cup 60 ml yellow onion, chopped fine
- 2 tablespoons/30 ml olive or avocado oil
- 1-1/2 tablespoons/20 ml 3-4 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup/ 60 ml organic celery, diced
- 1/2 cup/60 ml carrots, sliced thin or diced
- 1 cup/160 g dried great northern white beans or 2 cans (15 ounce) organic white beans
- 4 cups/ 950 ml Organic Vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons/30 ml fresh rosemary sprigs or 1 tablespoon dried
- 1 tablespoon/15 ml fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried
Instructions for Instant Pot
Saute onion in Instant Pot on Saute function or in cast iron skillet, once translucent, add garlic stir once then add celery and carrots. Stir, add dried beans, broth and rosemary and thyme (don't need to chop herbs they will disintegrate in the process).
Change function to manual pressure for 28 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes, than manually release.
Garnish with sprigs of thyme. Enjoy!
Instructions for canned beans on stove
*For this the herbs should be minced.
In large skillet saute onions over medium high heat until translucent. Add garlic , minced, stir once then add celery and carrots.
Add broth, drained white beans, minced herbs, stir and heat until hot. Garnish with sprigs of thyme. Enjoy!
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