As we told you earlier this week, we got our first CSA box of the season! Participating in CSA is amazing for so many reasons: it means fresh local food all summer, you get to support local farmers, and you get a surprise in a box every week! Because we don’t know what is coming each week, it presents a challenge of creating something out of what you bring home. This week’s box included braising greens…LOTS of greens. I have wanted to make white bean and escarole soup for a while, so was born my CSA version. Fresh greens + spring onions + spring garlic + a few pantry items = healthy bean and veggie soup! Great for a cool spring evening. Add whatever veggies are your favorite for some variety. You can make this a day or two ahead and it makes great leftovers for lunch. J
White Bean and Braising Greens Soup
Inspired by Bon Appétit via Epicurious
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 large carrots, cut into small dice
6 spring garlic bulbs, peeled, finely diced (or 5 cloves of garlic flattened to be removed after sauté)
4 cups (packed) 1-inch pieces braising greens
4 cups (or more) canned vegetable broth or low-salt chicken stock
2 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
1 14 1/2- to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
Heat oil in heavy large Dutch over medium-low heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic and sauté until onion is golden and tender, about 7 minutes.
Add braising greens; stir 3 minutes.
Add 4 cups broth, beans and tomatoes and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until escarole is tender and flavors blend, about 20 minutes. Thin with more broth, if desired. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with an arugula salad dressed with lemon and enjoy!