15 minute white bean soup

Staring at the screen this morning with buggy eyes and lingering headache I am glad to be in the final stretch of the holiday craziness. The last two and a half weeks have not been fun to say the least. So much work to do, so little time and (worst of all) not feeling well have tested my sanity. Luckily I have a supportive husband who, for the most part, ignores my crazy. He also happily makes last minute lunch/dinner runs because cooking has been at the bottom of the list lately. Yesterday however I needed to be in the kitchen. I needed to chop. I needed to stir. It is therapeutic and even if for only 15 minutes it made me feel better.


15 minute white bean soup
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (14½ ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 can (19 ounces) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add scallions, garlic, and oregano; cook, stirring frequently, until scallions begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth and beans; cook until heated through, about 4 minutes. Using a potato masher, lightly mash some of the beans to thicken the soup. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Before serving, sprinkle with Parmesan.

recipe from Martha Stewart white_bean_soup_3 white_bean_soup_1A mug of homemade soup and some crusty bread, the perfect way to take a break from all the seasonal pressure.  Now time for a deep breath, cup of coffee and the will to tackle another day full of tasks.  I can do this (and at least I have some leftover soup for lunch).



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