Friday, December 25, 2009

Irish White Bean Soup

I found this gem of a recipe on a vegan blog. With minor changes here is my version and of course a link to the original
This is the picture from the original

She says "Add a smoky flavor by sprinkling on a little hickory salt or Liquid Smoke just before serving" My favorite J&D vegetarian bacon flavored sprinkle would be great here.

1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 - 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 head cabbage, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1 lb potatoes, cut in large dice
1 parsnip, sliced
1/3 cup pearled barley (optional or substitute with gluten-free grain)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp caraway seeds
1/2 tsp rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

6-8 c. broth (Vegetable, chicken, or some of both)
3 cups cooked great northern beans (2 cans, drained)
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
2 hands full of spinach, chopped fine (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Crock Pot: Place the vegetables, seasonings, and barley into a large (at least 5 quart) slow cooker. Add enough vegetable broth to just cover the vegetables (start with 6 cups and add more as needed). Cover and cook on low heat for 7 hours. Add beans, parsley, spinach, and salt to taste. Check seasonings and add more herbs if necessary. Cover and cook for another hour.

Stovetop: Place vegetables, seasonings, barley, and broth into a large stockpot. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, check seasonings, and add more herbs if necessary. Simmer uncovered for at least 15 minutes before serving.

UPDATE on 12/01 - I only used one can of white beans and added 1/2 c. uncooked lentils in with the vegetables at the start of cooking

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