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|Artichoke & White Bean Soup|
Pureed artichokes and beans become luxuriously rich and creamy in this quick and simple soup. Make it a meal: Garlic-Tomato Toasts and a simple salad turn this blender soup into a tasty dinner.
•1 14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained
•1 15-ounce can cannellini beans,rinsed
•1 garlic clove,minced
•1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
•1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
•Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
•Chopped fresh mint for garnish
•Fat-free croutons, for garnish
1.Puree artichokes and beans in a food processor.
Instead of sauteing the garlic I just added it to the puree. The result was a strong garlic flavor
Before step 2 I also strained the puree making the puree silky smooth.
The result was a reduction in fiber from the artichokes.
2.Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add the puree and broth and heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with mint and croutons.
Pan con tomate, a classic Catalan tapa, is delicious alongside most soups or stews. Or serve with thinly sliced prosciutto and Manchego cheese for a tasty appetizer.
2 servings | Active Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes
•2 slices whole-wheat country bread
•1 small clove garlic, cut in half
•1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
•1 small plum tomato, cut in half
•Kosher salt & coarsely ground pepper, to taste
1.Grill or toast bread. Rub one side of the toasted bread with the cut-side of a garlic clove half and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Rub with the cut-side of a tomato half. Sprinkle with kosher salt and coarsely ground pepper.
I brushed with a little oil prior to broiling. I like the taste and color I get this way.
Tomato and garlic ready to rub on the toast.
Once the garlic is rubbed on I added a light drizzle of Olive Oil and sprinkled with a bit of Black Sea Salt.
The plated soup ready to eat. Just added a slight drizzle of olive oil on top of the soup.
An excellent meal and I was impressed how much flavor the bread gets from the tomato and garlic. Damn that was good!!!
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