We made it to the end of the Vegan Month of Food! As I forewarned, I'm ending the month with a simple soup recipe.
Navy Bean and Red Pepper Soup
The quinoa sprinkled on top is a silly share of the spicy quinoa I ate on the side.
Earlier this week I was planning my work lunches and found myself with a few leftover veggies looking to be used, basic spices and frozen navy beans (which are not blue, fyi) that I'd cooked a couple months before.
It being the end of the pay period and me buying cheap, I wanted to use what I had on hand and with rainy season upon Portland, some hodgepodge soup was delivered.
Please note that this recipe was simply feeding me, so double if you want more soup.
4 cloves of purple garlic, minced
1/2 small, sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 German butterball potato, peeled and diced
1 sweet Italian red pepper
1.5- 2 cups of navy beans
2 cups of vegetable broth (or more, depending on what you like)
good pinch of white pepper
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
pinch of crumbled thyme
1/2 teaspoon of savory seasoning mix or other dried herbs - I used Spike salt-free seasoning salt - I've had it for years!
dash of paprika
dash of crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons olive oil
Let's have a go at Instructions:
-Add the oil to the saucepan and put the heat on medium. I have an electric stove and this is really low-medium for me, so be careful not to burn anything and heat as you reasonably like.
-Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring often.
-Add the chopped potato and red pepper. Stir and cook another 5-7 minutes.
-Add the garlic, salt, pepper and spices, cook for another couple minutes, stirring frequently.
-Add the broth and stir once. Bring to a boil and decrease the heat to low.
-Add the beans - frozen or defrosted, cover, and let sit for 25-30 minutes, however long you like.
-Puree to desired consistency. I'm not about to eat an onion chunk, so I smoothed things out in my Magic Bullet blender in two batches.
-Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
-Eat in a mug with a spoon.
Take that, cold and rainy day in Portland!!
I personally really like how the creamy butterball meets bland bean and sweet pepper in this. I ate it and thought "Man, I don't even want to put hot sauce in this!"