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Johnson Estate Winery

Creamy White Bean & Garlic Soup with Rosemary

Recipe Date:
July 10, 2017
Cook Time:
00:00:00
Difficulty:
Easy
Measurements:
Imperial (US)
Paired with Freelings Creek Reserve Chambourcin or Johnson Estate's Chautauqua Rouge. Featuring Garnishes of Smoked Apple-Wood Bacon (Freeport Restaurant, North East, PA) & Garlic (Ribbon Road Farm, Westfield, NY)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried Great Northern beans, sorted, soaked, and rinsed
  • 6 cups cold water (or more as needed)
  • 1 celery rib with leaves, halved
  • 1 3 inch piece of kombu
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tbsps extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 7 plump garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh or dried rosemary
  • 2 tbsps freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)
  • coarse sea salt
  • freshly milled black pepper
Directions

Combine beans and water and bring to a boil. Skim off and discard any foam that rises to the top. Add the celery, kombu, and bay leaf. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onions, garlic, rosemary, and a pinch of salt. With a wooden spoon, turn the vegetables several times to coat them with oil. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook gently for 30 minutes, or until the onions and garlic are meltingly tender.

Remove the celery, kombu, and bay leaf from the beans and discard. Scoop out 1 cup of the bean water. Add the onion mixture to the beans, then deglaze the sauté pan with the bean water. Return this to the soup and continue simmering until the beans are tender and crush easily when pressed against the side of the pot with the back of a spoon, 45 minutes to an hour.

Pass the soup through the fine holes of a food mill or puree with a handheld immersion blender, or puree in the Cuisinart.

Add additional water to thin the soup to desired consistency. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve piping hot.

Garnish with chopped parsely, and if desired, crispy pieces of smoked bacon. Serve with croutons, crostini, or slices of baguettes. 

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