Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Best Laid Plans: Rosemary Soup To The Rescue

Rosemary to the Rescue
      Like most people we are beginning the new year looking for ways to eat well and undo the result some of our holiday indulgences. At our house soup is one way we rebalance and get back in the nutrition zone.   
     One of my favorite wintertime treats is a warm bowl of butternut squash soup. Today I was preparing a batch with an Indian twist. Curry, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon highlight the squash soup and warm me to the core.

The soup was a beautiful color and consistency and I was putting the finishing touches on it when I did something I rarely if ever do. I poured a touch of cinnamon from the container to the pot. The problem was a fistful of cinnamon fell in to my stockpot rendering the soup inedible. I couldn’t help but smile at the situation. It was actually a pretty funny moment.

I stood in the kitchen with my hands on my hips thinking about how I would salvage our evening meal. I did a quick inventory and I got to work

1 can organic great northern beans $1.39
½ onion $.50
3 cloves garlic $.10
1 small sprig rosemary
½ tsp thyme
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
I love the immersion blender. Its a real workhorse.

I sautéed the onion and garlic
Added the beans and broth
Minced the rosemary
Continued to cook it all together
Added thyme
Added S&P

I will serve it with toasted focaccia croutons on top
(Glad I’d baked some recently)
I'll also serve small toasted cheese sandwiches using the focaccia and some nice Tillamook cheddar. 
 Total under $3.00 for this nice save
A delicious way to save dinner
TIP OF THE DAY: Try to keep a few cans of  beans in the pantry. A bean soup is a great healthy wy to salvage a meal that gets ruined.


TWOwomenANDaHOE said...

I'm making this one, Debra! ;)

Vagablonde said...

Can't wait to see if you like it. Sometimes I mash 1/2 of the beans with a fork and use the blender on the other 1/2 which makes a chunkier consistency soup