Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In The Kitchen: Minestrone Soup w/Black Eyed Peas & Kidney Beans

I must confess that I forgot to add the Black Eyed Peas to this soup; but it still turned out well nevertheless. I found this delicious recipe in my Food & Wine magazine and I decided to make some to compliment the stormy weather. 
This soup is light, healthy and filling. I love that the majority of the flavoring in this dish comes from fresh herbs!
If you like cooking with herbs, try using a freshly prepared bouquet garni in your next dish. Simply bundle your favorite herbs together and secure with kitchen twine. You can stuff them in the cavity of your chicken/hen/turkey, drop them in your favorite soup and even spaghetti sauce. 
Don't forget to drain and rinse your Kidney beans :-)
Or to drain your noodles on a napkin...
Minestrone Soup w/Black Eyed Peas & Kidney Beans [Adapted from Food & Wine Magazine]
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ounces pancetta, finely diced
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 leek—white and tender green parts thinly sliced, 1 dark top reserved
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound Savoy or other green cabbage, coarsely shredded
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 quarts water
3 parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
3 thyme sprigs
One 15-ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 ounces penne
1/2 cup shredded basil
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
  1. In a pot, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the pancetta, onion, celery, garlic and sliced leek and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat, until the vegetables are softened, 10 minutes. Add the cabbage and cook until slightly wilted, 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the black-eyed peas and water; bring to a boil. Wrap the parsley, bay leaf and thyme in the reserved leek top and secure with kitchen twine. Add to the pot.
  2. Cover the pot and simmer over low heat until the black-eyed peas are tender, 45 minutes. Discard the herbs. Add the kidney beans and simmer for 10 minutes longer.
  3. Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling salted water, cook the penne until al dente. Drain and cool under running water. Slice the penne crosswise into 1/4-inch rings.
  4. In a nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the penne in a single layer and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden, 5 minutes. Drain the penne rings on paper towels.
  5. Stir the pasta and basil into the soup. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon of the cheese and serve.

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  1. This looks delicious!! Is there any way to adapt this recipe for a slow cooker?

  2. Yummy...a veggie dish. As a vegan this is right up my alley. Thanks for posting this. I've been playing with a few different soups and perfecting them including a corn and potato chowder and a quinoa & lentil soup. I'll be adding this one to the rotation.

  3. Of course I'd be omitting and substituting for those non vegan ingredients...just had to throw that in there. I will let you know how it turns out. Again, thanks for sharing

  4. I would liek to try the food, But beans and I don't go together so well. I get a heart burn after eating it.
    But I am sure it tastes good though :)

  5. This soup is pretty good. My neighbor was kind enough to give me a bowl the other day. It was my first time trying it. Def. a winter comfort soup.

  6. This looks like one of those stick-to-ya-ribs kinda meal (as my dad would say) These pics make it look extra hearty + delicious!!

    Btw, your handwriting is very beautiful. Have a wonderful holiday :)


  7. Thanks for posting this. It looks tasty and perfect for my begetarian mother.

    Think I'll give it a try...

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