Wednesday, September 30, 2009

White Bean Soup w/ Pan Fried Salami

white bean soup

I feel a cold coming on. That always happens when the seasons change.
Sore throat, runny nose, blah.

I guess it's the start of soup season.

I love having soup in the freezer all winter long, it's like having money in the bank.

This was a quick invention, and I was lucky enough to have 2 containers of frozen homemade chicken stock in my freezer leftover from the spring.

If you can find good Italian salami, the dried kind with a rind, usually sold in a net bag at Italian specialty markets, then please buy that, not the deli sliced garbage.



White Bean Soup w/ Pan Fried Salami:

5-6 cups of chicken stock (if you don't have homemade, then Swanson's Natural Goodness is a good brand, comes in a box)

Two 14 oz. cans of white beans, cannelini or any other kind of white bean is fine, drained and rinsed

3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1 small dried salami, rind removed, cubed

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil and add your carrots, onion, garlic and salami and cook for a few minutes until onions are translucent.



Remove the salami pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add your chicken broth and beans and bring to a boil. Add your rosemary sprig (to be removed later).

Simmer soup for about 15 minutes until vegetables are getting soft.

Puree half of the solids in a food processor. Be very careful when using hot liquids in a food processor, you may want to wait for it to cool down a bit.

Transfer the contents of the food processor back into the soup pot and add the pan fried salami back into the soup.



This soup freezes well and makes plenty. Stay healthy!

13 comments:

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Hope you don't get a full-blown cold, but that soup should comfort you. Does the salami soften with all the cooking?

Proud Italian Cook said...

I love that little pan fried salami idea, sounds great with the beans. Hope you feel better. Did you get a flu shot?

kat said...

What a great creation. I get that change of season thing too especially when it goes from 80s to 50s in a matter of a day or two

Catherine said...

Stacey, Love the comparison to 'having money in the bank.' I completely agree. Can't wait to have a few golden pots just waiting for me :)

A Feast for the Eyes said...

There is nothing like homemade soup to make the "blahs" go away. Hopefully, you'll not get a full blown cold. I love bean soup with homemade broth. The salami is a great addition...and yeah, the good stuff! IT's in the 40's today, so I need to get busy making chicken stock, too.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Great looking soup. I actually wore a light jacket out of the house today. Weird for MS to have dropped in temps this soon.

It's got me in the mood to make soup.

Ramona

lisa said...

I love white beans in soup, and they go so well with rosemary. Hope the soup makes you feel better!

Bob said...

Hope you feel better, I've been catching a lot of colds lately myself. The soup looks great! Heh, I actually had deli salami for lunch. But it was from a little Italian deli and was good imported salami, not the rice flour sprayed fake stuff.

Kim said...

Love the pan fried salami on top! That is a great idea. Hope you get to feeling better :D

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Your timing was perfect. I'm suffering from a cold myself and I happen to have some homemade chicken stock in the freezer. I've been thinking this is the time to do something with it. Of course I still have to go out and buy salami. Can I haul my sick butt out one block to the Italian specialty foods store and get one? For a good soup I'm sure I could. I often find white bean soups to be a little bland, so the salami perks it up nicely.

Colloquial Cook said...

Not getting sick quite yet, but I'd be sooo happy for you to come live at my place and feed me soup :-) you're making me hungry at 10am.

The Food Hunter said...

I love the idea of adding salami to bean soup. Stay well!

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