Monday, August 20, 2012

White bean soup, with cilantro broth

This is an all around, anytime, easy to produce meal. Full of vegetables, plenty of protein and delicious! You have the options of using cooked beans from your own kitchen or canned beans. Either way, with beans in your freezer on in your pantry, dinner is a simmer away.

White bean soup, with cilantro broth
adapted from: cook with what you have
serves 4-6

6 c vegetable bouillon  - divided - you may use homemade stock or try the homemade bouillon.
2-3 leeks or 1 medium onion
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
1 (large) bunch of swiss chard
2 c cooked white beans or 1 can cannellini beans ,drained
1 bunch cilantro - 2 c packed cilantro
4 - 6 eggs
4 - 6 slices of crusty bread
Romano cheese, if desire
salt and pepper

Remove the green part of the leeks, rinse well, cut in half and slice thinly. If using the onion, dice in 1/4 inch size. Add about 2 T olive oil to a large flat bottom pan, saute the leeks and garlic, until soft, do not brown. Stir frequently. 

Wash and remove stems from chard. Dice into 1 inch squares. Add to pan along with the 5 cups of the broth and drained beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes.

Puree the cilantro leaves with the remaining 1 c broth. Stir into soup kettle. Again bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, carefully drop eggs into soup, season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer until eggs are set.

Toast the bread, butter or rub with garlic if desire. To serve, add a slice of toasted bread to the bottom of a soup plate, spoon out an egg and place it on the bread, ladle soup over all. Drizzle with olive oil if desire, sprinkle with Romano cheese if desire.


Recipe rating:
Oh Yes! Will make again.

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello. I appreciate your time and your wonderful comments!


laurie said...

oh my goodness this sounds amazing, I have never saw this before, have a wonderful week!!Thanks for sharing this,

Pam said...

As a huge fan of cilantro, this sounds fantastic!!! And you know I need to use my Rancho Gordo beans!

Pegasuslegend said...

love this!

Sustainably Modern said...

I'll have to try this because I love cilantro and I've got cannellini beans growing in the garden as we speak!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

i have never heard of cilantro broth. that sounds amazing!

Cynthia L. said...

This looks like a really good recipe. I love soups all year round. I just found some cilantro cubes, you know like chicken and beef broth cubes? Wonder if they would work?

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

This looks so delicious, Melynda--I love bean soups! It's one of the things I look forward to in the autumn.