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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bean & Basil Soup

It's getting to be "Soup Time" in the Northeast ..... and this one looks pretty darned good.  I can't wait to try this one - hopefully this week.

Bean and Basil Soup

  • 4 oz./115 g elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 (15 oz./425 g) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp. prepared Pesto Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Pesto Sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp. pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Cook pasta in Tupperware® Microwave Pasta Maker 8 minutes, or until al dente.
Heat olive oil in Chef Series™ 6-Qt./5.6 L Dutch Oven over medium heat.
Sauté garlic, celery and red pepper flakes until fragrant.
Add beans, pesto, chicken broth, salt and simmer 15 minutes.

Ladle into warm bowls and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Pesto Sauce
Place basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese and oil in base of Chop 'N Prep™ Chef.
Replace cover, twist to seal and pull cord 4-5 times until finely chopped.
Season with salt and pepper.

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