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Mother-In-Law White Bean and Collard Green Soup

Mother in-law Soup

White Bean and Collard Green Soup

You don’t need a ton of time to make soup.  Just a little careful planning.

I got cold, craved my Portuguese mother-in-law’s bean soup and headed for my stove. Luckily, I had some preboiled white bean hanging out in the fridge. Always a nice thing to boil up a couple of pots of different beans at the start of the week to have on hand when the feeling strikes.  Soups, salads, hummus and other spreads can be made on a whim, without having to resort to canned beans (which aren’t horrible, but dried is best)

Here’s what I did to 1 cup of dried beans, soaked overnight and cooked for about an hour (yours might be faster or slower depending on the time of year they were harvested)

First I drained the gassy water remaining from the pot.  I, then, sauteed a really large yellow minced onion, a large clove of minced garlic, a chopped carrot and a stalk of thinly sliced celery in a couple tablespoons of olive oil. I added 4 whole sage leaves and 2 thyme sprigs (dried is fine, just use half the amount) and gave it a stir every few, for about 15 minutes until it tenderized.  I cooked the mixture for about 5 more minutes, added the beans and about 6 or so cups of water.  I could have used some vegetable stock if I had some. I  also could have used the bean liquid for extra flavour, but didn’t want my guest to have any problems.  (the bean soaking liquid causes gas in some folks) The soup simmered while I added about a cup of chopped collard greens.  I then adjusted my seasoning and added salt and pepper (be your own judge here – trust your palate) and touch more thyme. My pot of soup simmered  slowly (that’s the key) for about 45 more minutes.  I added a couple handfuls of fresh chopped parsley to the entire pot, and let it cool.

The soup got better and better as the days progressed.  I served it for the next 3 days with some nice olive oil drizzled on the final product.  One day my husband came home with some sprouted wheat bread from Transylvania Bakery on West Broadway.  They only make one or two loaves at this place.  The owner/baker bakes the beauties in his brick oven and sells it on the spot.  Lovely, (if you are ok with gluten)!  I toasted a piece, rubbed it with some olive oil and garlic and put it right on top of the soup with even more fresh parsley and thyme.  Not like my mother-in-law, but kind of close!

Cat Dillon

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