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Monday, January 28, 2008

A Love Affair

I am a new mom~ of sorts.
Last month I adopted a new blogger. The idea was for old bloggers to share with new bloggers. Pam at Sidewalk Shoes is my 'baby'. The only thing is... her blog is fantastic, and she needs to be teaching me. Her photography is bright and clear. I have lessons to learn from her!
Anyway, Pam pointed me in the direction of a Love Affair going on in blogland right here in time for Valentine's Day. Well Seasoned Cook is hosting a Legume Love Affair. Here is my heart happy entry.

Tuscan Bean Soup
1 cup dried cannellini
1/2 head savoy cabbage, chopped
1 leek, chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1/2 cup celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 Tbs olive oil
fresh rosemary, basil, and oregano
1 bay leaf
2 large cans diced tomatoes
chicken broth as desired
Soak the beans overnight, drain water and rinse. In a large pot brown onions, celery, garlic in olive oil. Add cabbage, leeks, and carrots and cook until soft. Add herbs and tomatoes. Cover and cook over low heat, Thin with chicken broth like you like it. Simmer over several hours to blend flavors.
Traditionally this bean soup will simmer on the stove and carry over from one meal to another. Serve with crusty bread. Any left over bread can be stirred in to thicken the soup the next day.
That is how it is called Ribollita~ reboiled soup

Now some may argue with the idea of mixing legumes with love... For those (and you know who you are)keep the beano on hand.
Buon appetito y'all!


Sandi McBride said...

You know Sandi, they do say beans are good for the love not good for the heart, too? But, yes...please keep beano on hand or windows open!

Sugar Bear said...

I love Tuscan Bean Soup - I'll have to try this variation.

Carla said...

That soup looks delicious and it is just the weather for soup. I'll have to try it.

Justabeachkat said...

Yum yum....I love ALL soups. Thanks for this recipe. Sounds like comfort food to me!


Katie Zeller said...

Love beans; love soup; that makes this just about perfect... I'm in love..( don't tell mon mari )

Unknown said...

I like the new girlie aprons though I thought we were going to see hubby try one one. Darn... {{GRIN}}

THE SOUP, as usual is calling my name! Come to Mama...

OK, I am going to have to try this one, too!

Hugs, KJ

pam said...

Hey, adopted mom! Thanks for the nice comments! I love, love tuscan bean soup. I am bookmarking this recipe to try!

Anonymous said...

Oh Sandi, I love bean soup, and Tuscan Bean.....hmmm, be still my heart. See you soon. Ciao, Gail

Unknown said...

My hubby would absolutely love this soup. I'll have to remember this one!

Vonda said...

Oh this sounds awesome, Sandi! We love soups in the Winter and it's kinda cold over here so it's the perfect time to get out my big pot. -V

barb said...

I so love the idea of adopting a new blogger........BUT i love your soup recipe even more...thanks

Anonymous said...

When do you return the beans to the pot to cook? After the tomatoes? Any liquid before adding the cabbage, leeks and carrots?

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I can't wait to try this soup. Thanks so much for sharing this with us...Smiles

Hope said...

Hi Sandi,
What an interesting soup! Looks so good and I do love beans!! I grew up on soup beans, taters and cornbread but I never had a problem requiring gas-x back then. Now that I'm older, YES I have a problem but I eat them anyway, especially if I can stay home and not go out anywhere afterwards!! :) Also when I was young I recited a little poem about "beans, beans, good for the heart". You probably know the one! LOL


Debra from Bungalow said...

I love all beans! Lately I've been eating lots of black beans. Got any good recipes for them?

The soup sounds & looks delish!
Hugs, DebraK

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Ribollita is one of my favorite winter soups, and it's even better after a day or so in the fridge!

Adriann said...

Yummy! I'm going to visit your baby and check out her blog. I like that idea of mentoring.

Great recipe!

Jan said...

I'm gonna make THAT soup! Yummy yum yum!!


PAT said...

I'm cookin' up a pot of bean soup today!

Yours looks delish!


Susan said...

Thanks, Sandi, for this great recipe, a classic soup that can only improve with age.

Emily said...

I've seen many entries for this, but I really like your Italian version.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

A legume love funny!!!
My dad who was born in 1926 said when he was about four that he wanted to live on Bean Island when he grew up...he loved them just that much! I guess it was good too as they couldn't afford much else back then.

Lori Lynn said...

HI Sandi - this certainly is a fun event. Susan got me thinking, I am also going to try a Petrale Sole over split peas with bacon and truffle butter, a dish I had at AOC last week. But I can't do it in time for the event, so my egg and lentils will have to stand on its own.
Wish I had a pot of your soup on my stove right now...

Anna said...

This soup looks amazing! I'm definately going to have to give it a try!

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