So I have not been feeling well all week so I have not eaten much, hence I have not had a reason to cook. When I finally did, the cupboards were bare….almost. I made a nice bean soup which is just what the doctor ordered. Keep in mind my main Doctor is a butcher.
- 1/4 Cup Dried yellow Peas
- 1/4 Cup Dried White Beans
- 1/4 Cup Dried Red Kidney Beans
- 4 Potatoes Cubed into 1/2 inch cubes
- 8 Garlic Cloves chopped
- 2 Tbl of Basil Minced
- 1 Tbl Dried Thyme
- 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 Stalks of Celery sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 Can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes, juice included
- 2 Litres of Water
- 3 Beef Bullion Cubes
- 6 Bay Leaves
Take your dried beans and soak them for six hours, wich means yo need to realize you have no food in the house when you reach for breakfast. Luckily we were heading to my mother in laws for lunch so we had plenty of time to soak them, and we were not going to starve. Generally with dry beans, the larger they are the longer they need to soak, and the longer you soak them the less time you need to spend cooking them.
In a soup pot add your olive oil, celery, garlic, and potatoes and cook covered on medium high heat. Stir occasionally scraping the bottom. When the celery starts to brown place the rest of the ingredients in. Bring to a boil and then simmer covered for 30 minutes. You may need to cook longer depending on quickly your beans cook, but you can always use canned beans to cut down on all this time.