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Monday, April 26, 2010

broccoli rabe and cannelini bean soup with basil

Even though the temperature reads around 60 degrees, the air is chilly and raw, and it's a perfect day for a steaming bowl of soup. As I walk around the garden, looking for new buds and leaves popping up, I notice an odd thing: all the flowers today are purple. This is just as the wave of yellow (daffodils of various shades, and the forsythia) is fading. In the above picture, from the left, you see violets, catmint, vinca, and lungwort, whose blue flowers fade to magenta pink as they age. One reason my passion for gardening never flags is the constant surprises that appear every day - every day without snow cover, that is.
Ah, yes, the soup. Having just bought a very fresh bunch of broccoli rabe ( also known as rapini) I wanted a soup that included a lot of that wonderful green. While broccoli rabe can have a slight edge of bitterness, that can be smoothed out by using it with beans or pasta - another way I like to use it. It came out beautifully, with the tasty broccoli rabe melding perfectly with the white beans and herbs, and a perfect chilly day soup.
To make:
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 T. olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 cups chicken stock or water
2 cups roughly cut broccoli rabe (rapini)
a 15.5 ounce can of cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
2 t. fresh lemon juice or red wine vinegar
a bay leaf
2 t. minced fresh rosemary
1 t. dried basil, or 1 T. fresh basil, minced
salt and pepper to taste
curls of parmesan cheese to garnish
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, then toss in the onions and garlic and stir, with the heat on medium.
When the onions have softened, add the chicken stock or water, the broccoli rabe, the beans, and the lemon juice and herbs.
Cook on medium for approximately 20 minutes, stirring gently every so often.
Check for salt and pepper, and serve piping hot with the curls of parmesan.
Enjoy !


Mary said...

Katrina, your soup looks really delicious. I love the white bean and kale combination, so this is right up my alley. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

katrina said...

Delighted you enjoyed, Mary! And I enjoyed re-visiting your blog after much too long a time. love to you -


Kalyn said...

Love the sound of this soup! I'm a big fan of broccoli rabe; never thought of using it in soup.

katrina said...

Yay, Kalyn - another rapini/broccoli rabe fan! I actually prefer using it in soups - it adds just the right amount of bite to them. I did pick up some Dreamfields pasta and plan to make the pasta and broccoli rabe soup tomorrow. I like that pasta very much - thanks for alerting me to it!

Anonymous said...

I really like Genelle Lamont's Broccoli Rabe from MarkDownMom. Get the Recipe:

Tala said...

ALL of your posts make me salivate !! thank you :)

katrina said...

Well, Anon - that's a lovely recipe but you didn't say a thing about my soup! Maybe you don't like soup:)

katrina said...

Bless you, Tala - you made my day! Thank you so much!

Laurun said...

Katrina, I see you have been busy here. I'll drop by and take a closer look real soon. Now I know where to find your great tried and true recipes. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I just made this soup. One word...amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

katrina said...

Thank you so much, Anonymous, for letting me know! Makes my heart sing!