Vegetable soup with flageolets
Serves 4 Combine the last of the garden vegetables — green beans, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard — with chicken stock and a handful of dried flageolets, the small French beans, for a hearty bowl on chilly nights. Allow time for the beans to soak overnight and use Navy beans if you cannot find flageolets. The recipe lends itself to whatever vegetables you have on hand. Try green or yellow squash in place of green beans, or 1/2 cup of rice instead of potatoes. The soup is also delicious with 1/4 pound of chopped ham added at the end. Grate a generous portion of Parmesan on top, then get cozy, and dig in.
|3||tablespoons olive oil|
|1||small onion, finely chopped|
|2||carrots, finely chopped|
|2||stalks celery, finely chopped|
|4||cups chicken stock|
|1||cup dried flageolets, soaked overnight in water and drained|
|1/2||pint cherry tomatoes, halved|
|1||medium Yukon Gold or Yellow Finn potato, peeled and cut in 1/2-inch dice|
|Salt and pepper, to taste|
|1/2||pound green beans, cut in thirds|
|4||Swiss chard leaves, trimmed and coarsely chopped|
|1||cup freshly grated Parmesan (for serving)|
2. Add the chicken stock, water, beans, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and partially cover the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until beans are soft.
3. Add potatoes, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes until they are tender.
4. Add the green beans and chard. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan.