Friday, October 21, 2011

Kelly's Vegan Mofo Recipe: "Creamy" White Bean and Vegetable Soup is that time of year again!  Although I didn't realize it yet, even though I'm wearing a sweater and thick tights today- 'tis the season for soup.  Kelly from Lean Dog Pottery is here with the recipe.  Now it's up to me to break out the soup pot.  
"Creamy" White Bean and Vegetable Soup

    2 tablespoons olive oil (or enough to saute)
    1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    4 medium carrots, sliced
    3 small celery ribs, sliced
    5 garlic cloves - chopped tiny or put through a garlic press
    8 fresh basil leaves, chopped up (8 tablespoons dried is fine too)
    4 cups vegetable broth
    2 (15-ounce) cans white beans 
    1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
    1 cup kale, chopped
    salt, to taste
    pepper, to taste

1. In a pot over medium-high heat, heat olive oil, then add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and basil; saute until the onion is translucent.
2. Add the broth, beans, and nutritional yeast; increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 20 minutes, or until the carrots are soft.
3. Turn off heat and blend with stick blender. If using a regular blender, blend soup then return to pot. (The blended beans is where the "creamy" comes in. I leave some soup unblended to add texture. To use a regular blender, let the soup cool some and then transfer a portion of the soup to the blender. Be careful and don't add to much to the blender because you might get burned from it splashing up!)
4. Add kale and turn back on the heat for 4 minutes. 
5. SERVE! Season with salt and pepper. We loved to dip our garlic bread in this! 
Makes: 3 to 5 servings, Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 30 minutes

You can find Kelly Feaster's unique, colorful and utterly fabulous jewelry in her Etsy shop, Lean Dog.  Kelly makes lovely one-of-a-kind statement rings, pendants, bracelets and cute little stud earrings out of clay and crackled glass.  

One of Kelly's lovely holiday ornaments!

Thanks for sharing your recipe, Kelly!

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