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roasted garlic white bean soup

I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner last night, so I just picked two things I love: garlic and beans.  Then I added in some kale that had been in the fridge too long, but was miraculously surviving.  (I love that kale takes to go bad, because those big leaves take me awhile to use up.)  The end result was really delicious!  The soup has an almost velvety texture and the garlic tastes amazing!

Roasted Garlic White Bean Soup

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2T. olive oil
  • 2c. white beans, dried
  • 6c. vegetable broth
  • 5c. water
  • 1/2t. salt
  • 4c. kale leaves, roughly torn

Overnight soak or quick-soak your beans.  Rinse beans well.  Set aside.  Combine vegetable broth and water in a large pot.  Bring to a boil.  Add beans.  Simmer for one hour, or until beans are soft.

Cut the top off the head of the garlic.  Pour olive oil in the center of a piece of foil.  Sit the garlic head – cut side down – in the olive oil.  Wrap the foil around the clove.  Sit the foil packet on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 60 minutes.  Remove from oven, open foil, and allow garlic bulb to cool.

When the garlic is cool enough to touch, squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out.  Add to the beans.  Once beans are soft, add salt and kale.  Allow to simmer together for 5 minutes.  Using an immersion blender, blend the soup well.  Serves 6.

Here’s a lesson I learned while making this soup: sit the foil garlic bulb on a cookie sheet.  Otherwise, your foil might spring a leak, pouring olive oil onto the bottom of your oven, and causing a lot of smoke in the kitchen.

You can’t see the smoke in this picture, but trust me, it was there.  For a long time.  Oddly, our smoke detector  never went off, which is even more bizarre because it normally is really picky and goes off for the littlest things.  It also alternates between loud beeping and an annoying voice that says “Fire.  Fire.  Fire.”

I suppose this means it’s time I cleaned the oven… which I’ve never really done.  I’ve wiped out my oven, but I’ve never used the “clean” setting on the oven dial.  How do I do it?  Help!

Also, the verdict is that Dave and I are gross about not putting up a new shower curtain ourselves.  Whoops.  Also, Stacey gave this awesome advice for washing the curtain:

i always wash mine in the washing machine on hot/hot with some bleach and a smidge of detergent…for a short cycle..and then throw it in the dryer with an already dry towel for 15 min or so…it doesn’t melt or anything…and usually comes out clean as new..mildew gone and everything!


5 thoughts on “roasted garlic white bean soup

  1. I hate creating smoke when I cook! I feel like it happens all the time to me and it takes hours after the smoke detector goes off for the dog to forgive me 🙂

  2. what kind of a shower liner can you put in the washer- mine is a tall (7ft curtain) and the clear, harder plastic- can i put that in? just curious what kind your friend had?

  3. Self cleaning ovens are the best. First, you have to lock it – there will be a lever somewhere. Because it gets up to 800 degrees or something and they don’t want you broiling yourself to death by accidentally opening it. Then, just turn the dial to clean (or push the button or whatever). Come back in 4 or so hours to a clean, cooled down oven!

  4. Kim, you look great! And definitely thin! I have a few friends who are around your pregnancy week, and they are complaining about the same sorts of things, just feeling full, etc., but you (and those other girls I know, too) look great. The soup sounds SOOO yummy, reminds me of something I’d get at the Lebanese restaurant Aladdin’s.

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