You can certainly tell Winter is in the air. And what better time to make a hearty bean soup.
Of course, being busy with Christmas I didn't think about dinner until it was time to eat.
OK, I have a half an hour to get dinner on the table. What can I make that is quick and fast?
Yep, bean soup. No you don't need to soak beans all night or cook this one on the stove for hours on end. (Even though it tastes like you spent hours on it.)
Just go raid your pantry for some canned beans and broth, dice an onion, and fry some bacon to get started.
We are mostly vegetarians in this house by choice but every once in awhile I will cook a little bacon.
Seems that is my one weakness. I can go forever without eating most meat until I just have to have my bacon fix. Like some people crave chocolate. For me it is bacon.
This recipe takes little prep and comes together quickly, piping hot and ready to serve in about a half hour. And while it is simmering on the stove you have time to heat some crusty bread and toss a little lettuce in a bowl for a quick and tasty meal.
Best of all in my house their are leftovers for tomorrow night. And of course the flavors will be even better the by then.
Yummy Fast Bean Soup
Here is what you will need.
4 pieces bacon, finely diced
1 small onion, peeled and diced
5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
8 cups Chicken broth
4 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained or
2(15 ounce) cans cannellini beans and 2(15 ounce pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 bay leaf
1 large sprig fresh rosemary
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry instant potato flakes, optional
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, Italian bread (optional)