Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hodge Podge Bean Soup for No Croutons Required

Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen has a great monthly event No Croutons Required that I usually end up somehow gets in the way. But this time the theme is Hearty Vegetarian Soups and I just made a fantastic one, so I thought I'd share.

Once upon a time I made a fantastic Adzuki Bean Stew from an excellent cookbook
Fresh at Home and I thought I had all the ingredients on hand....I had made a huge batch of the Roasted Vegetable Broth (bottom of the Adzuki post), and canned beans, plus a batch of chickpeas I had soaked and cooked a week or so ago.

So I started out following the recipe and got stumped....I used twice as much broth as the recipe called for...had only 2 cups of chickpeas and so I headed for the cupboard...2 small tins of navy beans (initially I couldn't find the adzuki beans) and added them all to the broth. I only had 1 tablespoon of tomato paste in the freezer and I didn't want to open a new tin for 1 more tablespoon so I used some chipotle in adobo that I had pureed and stored in the freezer.

Wow! That added way too much spice, so back to the pot...add more broth...good thing I made a ton, used my immersion blender to make it thick but not totally pureed and taste....ouch! still too spicy, add more beans...this time I found the adzuki and left them whole for added texture.

Everyone loved the dish...more like chili than soup, but perfect for the weather...wet and chilly!


Lisa said...

Thanks for this warming soup Ruth. Sounds wonderful. I always do like it when you participate in our event.

Pam said...

This is my favorite kind of soup, a bit of this, and a little of that!

Holler said...

What a great name for a gorgeous soup Ruth!