The polar vortex is back and colder than ever. Did it ever even really leave? No matter how many layers of sweaters, socks and scarves you pile on, you still cannot escape the cold. The only remedy for these brutally, bone chilling days is a thick and creamy white bean soup. The combination of hearty vegetables with Randall Great Northern Beans will definitely keep you toasty warm for the rest of winter. It’s a simple dish that doesn’t require a lot of prep time. That means you can get right back to that big, cozy blanket and crackling fire in no time.

After cooking the vegetables, beans and chicken stock in a large pot, puree the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Once your soup is blended to your desired consistency, heat it back up in a large pot before serving. No soup is complete without a little parsley for garnish. Grab your Snuggie and curl up by the fire with a delicious bowl of creamy white bean soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary (1/3 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 48-ounce jar Randall Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
Instructions

In a large pot heat the oil and butter together. Stir in the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 8 minutes. Stir in the rosemary, beans and stock. Bring to a boil, partially cover and reduce to simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Puree in the blender or food processor and return to the washed pot to reheat to serving temperature.

Sprinkle with parsley for garnish.

8 to 10 servings.

There is very little difference between white and black pepper other than the color. The use of white pepper is an aesthetic preference by most chefs because they prefer not to see the pepper grounds in light or cream colored recipes.

Meatless Monday is so much more appealing when incorporating this tasty dish featuring Randall Beans Great Northern Beans.

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