Sunday, October 10, 2010
Lazy Saturday Soup
I admit, this pot took a good almost 3 hours of simmering to be perfect. But damn, it was perfect! So simple, so easy, no reason to not make this soup.
With an hour of simmering to go, I invited over a couple of good friends. We ate it with a crusty baguette and a bottle of wine. We listened to records- Laura Nyro, David Bowie, Chaka Kahn, Captain Beefheart. We had a wonderful Saturday evening at home, indoors, with excellent food and a warmth that only good hearted friends who love to laugh can provide.
I will definitely aim for more evenings like this one.
2 c dry cannellini beans, soaked in water overnight or up to 24 hrs
1 T olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped small (you can use whatever kind you like)
half a bunch of kale, chopped
about 2 c chopped green cabbage
1 russet potato, chopped
1 quart/4 c canned tomatoes in their juice, can be whole, diced, whatever
1 T crushed red chili pepper (optional but so good)
1 t ground chipotle pepper (optional)
5" parmesan rind
Drain and rinse beans. Set aside. In a big soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and add onions. Sautee. Add all the rest of the ingredients, including beans. Then add water until liquid level in pot is about an inch and a half from the top. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for about 3 hours, or until beans are soft and you are ready to eat.
Serve with a piece of stale bread or toast in the bottom of the bowl and topped with grated parmesan cheese. Add salt to taste.