Creamy potato and bean soup: a hearty and winter legume soup, perfect for cold January evenings. This legume soup is vegan and rustic. Potatoes give it a great creaminess and, to make it even creamier, I blend a small part of the soup and then combine it with the rest. As always, I flavored the legume soup with finely chopped rosemary: one of my favorite pairings. On the YouTube channel you will also find a very short video recipe.
As always, you can prepare this potato and bean soup with all kinds of beans: fresh, dry or even pre-cooked canned. In this case I used the fresh borlotti beans that I froze at the end of the summer. In this case you can use the beans without even thawing them. If you want to use dried beans instead, remember that you must first soak them in cold water for at least 12 hours. Once rehydrated, you can proceed in the execution of the recipe. Using canned beans is the fastest choice: just rinse them carefully and add them to the chopped vegetables. In this way the cooking times will be drastically reduced.
If like me you love soups and soups based on dried legumes, also check out the pasta with lentils, the pasta with chickpeas, the macco di fave and the macco pea. And remember that legumes are good for you, they are good and cheap, rich in proteins and nutrients. They should be eaten at least twice a week! Have a good day.
350 grams of fresh or dried beans (net weight)
2 medium-sized potatoes
1 stick of celery
1 medium-sized white onion
extra virgin olive oil, to taste
salt and pepper
If you use dried beans, remember to soak them in cold water the night before. Clean celery, carrot and onion, then chop the vegetables finely. peel and cut the potatoes into cubes. Brown the vegetables in extra virgin olive oil and a little water until dry.
Combine the beans, mix well and brown for a few minutes. Cover with cold water or broth. Cook covered and over low heat for 30-40 minutes in the case of fresh or canned beans, and for at least an hour and thirty in the case of dried beans.
When the beans will be tender, add salt and pepper, extra virgin olive oil and chopped rosemary. This soup is already quite dense and creamy, but if you want it even more dense and creamy you can blend a small part and then add it again to the mixture. Serve immediately with toasted bread croutons or fried in oil. Bon appétit.