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Recipe ReDux: Immersion blender & White bean, rosemary and kale soup

Posted Dec 21 2012 8:21am

With just four days until Christmas, this Recipe ReDux we’re talking kitchen gadgets for some gift-giving inspiration. One of my favorite kitchen gadgets, especially this time of year, is the immersion blender (aka hand blender). The beauty of an immersion blender is that you can blend or puree ingredients in their original container. Immersion blenders are the best for pureeing soups or emulsifying sauces, without the fuss or mess! Relatively inexpensive, you can find immersion blenders for roughly $30. However, if you’re looking to spend a pretty penny, you can purchase a high-quality blender for upwards of $150.

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I made a couple delish dishes this Fall and Winter thanks to my handy dandy immersion blender like potato leek soup and roasted pumpkin soup. Just last week, I broke out the immersion blender for a recipe I adapted from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. 

White Bean Soup with Pasta (and Kale) and Rosemary Oil

Ingredients:

The Rosemary Oil

1/2 cup EVOO

2 tbsp dried rosemary

2 garlic cloves, sliced

The Soup

2 tbsp EVOO

2 tsp dried rosemary

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, finely diced

1 celery rib, finely diced

5 garlic cloves, sliced

1/3 cup chopped parsley

1 cup diced tomatoes with juices

1 can Cannellini beans

1 can Great Northern beans

3 qt water or vegetable broth

Season salt & pepper

Grated Parmesan cheese

The Kale

1 large bunch kale, chopped

2 tbsp EVOO

2 garlic cloves, sliced

Red pepper flakes

To make the rosemary oil, slowly warm the EVOO with garlic and rosemary until the garlic begins to color. Turn off the heat and set aside until needed.

Heat the oil with rosemary in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery and cook until the onion is softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for a few minutes more. Rinse the beans and add them to the pot along with the tomatoes and water/broth. Season salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Using an immersion blender, puree half of the soup to make it thicker. 

Saute kale in the pan with garlic, EVOO and red pepper flakes. Add kale to the soup before serving. 

Cook the pasta and strain the rosemary oil. Ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle the oil on top. Add Parmesan cheese and pepper to taste.

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This soup was the perfect dinner to combat the winter cold I’ve been fighting. Satiating and comforting, it’s sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s night.

Peace, love and food.

Feeling giftspired yet? Check out the other ReDux posts for more favorite kitchen gadgets by clicking on the link below.

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