- Find a bag of dried mixed beans (Trader Joe's has one for all of $1). Pour the beans into a bowl, fill with plenty of cold water and soak overnight, changing the water when you think of it.
- The next day, chop an onion and soften it in a little olive oil in a pan. Add your now rinsed, picked-over beans and plenty of cold water. I also add a sprig of rosemary, a few bits of thyme and a bay leaf wrapped in some muslin. Bring to a boil and then let them simmer for about an hour. Adjust flavors. Toss out the herbs. Add salt (you'll need a fair amount for all those beans) and pepper to taste.
- Serve with a swirl of good olive oil, a sprinkle of chopped Italian parsley, a shave of Parmesan, just like pasta e fagioli but without the pasta.
Monday, October 18, 2010
A bean soup to cheer for
My family wasn't planning a bunting-filled celebration when I announced that I was making bean soup for supper. In fact, I was begged not to continue. Money was slipped into the back pocket of my jeans if I'd reconsider. This soup, however, won them over. It's the dodgy-looking frog that turns into a handsome prince. And it will surprise you.