Friday, January 27, 2006

Creamy White Bean Soup - From Inspiration to Reality

I love it when this happens. You buy a new cookbook, or in my case the Bon Appetit February, 2006 edition because you fell in love with the dish on the cover. Now you can't wait to make it, but a couple of days go by before you actually get to it. I know I'm not alone here, but I'll share my story and know that lots of you will be nodding your heads like those goofy dash board ornaments.

The creamy white bean and chorizo soup caught my eye as I was in the checkout line at the grocery store and I knew I'd have to make it. Well it took a few days to get to it and then it happened.....I actually read the recipe an hour before dinner time so ....there were no cannellini or Great Northern beans on my shelves, and besides they would need to sit overnight in a bath of water and then cook for one and a half hours with rosemary, bay leaf and garlic before even beginning to become soup for supper. The clock was ticking so I opened a can of Romano beans (they're sort of white, after all).

Next reality, I was no longer in the mood for a creamy soup so I just broiled some fresh chorizo sausages and then cut them into thin coins. No celery, so onion and carrot will have to do the work themselves . Something was missing, so I added chopped baby spinach and left out the cream all together.

I just love it when that happens - one great dish turns into something soooo different.

And I love it when - even though I'm swamped, I can use this dish for Kalyn's Kitchen's Weekend Herb Event too.

Here's an interesting aside...while looking for a recipe on the Bon Appetit website I searched "creamy bean soup" and came up with this entry from January (How come I didn't see it when I read through that magazine - or maybe I did and got the subliminal message for my choice this time around). By the way, I never did get to find the recipe, so you'll either have to buy the magazine or wait until next month.


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Ivonne said...

Oh my goodness!

How did you know that bean soup is my favourite??? It's like you posted this for me! Thank you. I am always looking for new recipes to use in preparing this family favourite. Thank you for sharing yours!

J said...

hi ruth, nod away like a goofy dashboard ornament i did ;) i too am a total recipe deviant - your original soup looks totally delicious!

Ruth said...

Thanks ladies, for the kind words. I do love a good soup and, even better someone or something to inspire the creation of a new one.

Thanks for dropping by.

L said...

Great story! Sounds exactly the way that I cook. The beauty of it is that you end up creating something all your own!

Cyndi said...

That's what happens to a lot of my bread recipes. I'm sure your soup was fabulous! We cooked the chili today. OMG was it SO GOOD!!! I wrote about it tonight. I'll send the forms (chili, shepherd's pie) early next week.

Kalyn said...

Sounds very delicious. I don't think I've ever cooked with fresh Chorizo before. I'll have to look for it.

Tania said...

What wonderful food for winter! I simply adore the combination of greens and beans in soup. Mmm!

s'kat said...

What a happy turn of events! I love bean soups, and yours looks delicious.

Ruth said...

Thanks all for dropping by. You are all correct - there is nothing like a hearty bean and green soup to warm the heart, body and soul.

Check out the recipes link on the right side of my blog - I've categorized all my recipes. Hope you enjoy them.