Braised Celery and White Beans


Braised Celery and White Beans
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Braised Celery and White Beans
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large sauté pan, cook bacon until just starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate using a slotted spatula. Reserve approximately 2 tbsp of bacon fat in pan.
  2. Over medium heat, add sliced shallots and garlic to bacon fat and sauté for 1-2 minutes until the shallots are starting to soften. Add celery and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in broth and allow to simmer over medium low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk cornstarch into canned tomato juice until dissolved. Add to pan along with canned tomatoes. Heat until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Stir in cannelloni beans, smoked paprika, fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
  4. Divide equally between 4 individual coquette dishes or ramekins. Place on a large baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Top each with 1/4 cup of grated cheese and broil until cheese has melted and is golden. Serve with crusty bread if desired.

Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup

Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup
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Thick, luscious and a little spicy with roasted flavour. Delicious swirled with sour cream and topped with crispy leeks.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup
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Thick, luscious and a little spicy with roasted flavour. Delicious swirled with sour cream and topped with crispy leeks.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup
Crispy Leeks
Servings: people
Instructions
Roasted Tomato Pumpkin Soup
  1. Preheat oven to 300℉. Peel pumpkin using a vegetable peeler and cut off stem. Cut in half vertically and scoop out seeds (reserve seeds for roasting if desired). Cut into approximate 1 1/2" chunks and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Remove stem from tomatoes and cut into quarters. Spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the pumpkin and tomatoes with 2 tbsp olive oil and roast in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours. Add garlic cloves to the tray during the last 1/2 hour.
  2. Peel and chop onion into 1/2" chunks. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium heat, add onion and sauté until starting to soften, approximately 5 minutes. To the pot add roasted vegetables and all remaining ingredients, reserving 1 cup chicken broth to adjust consistency later. Cover and simmer for a minimum 30 minutes. Remove from heat and blend with a hand held emersion blender until smooth. Adjust constituency using reserved chicken broth. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle into serving bowls and swirl in 1 1/2 tbsp of sour cream and top with crispy leeks.
Crispy Leeks
  1. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Trim ends from leek and rinse well, making sure to rinse under any loose leaves. Cut leek into 1/4" slices and separate rings. Toss leek slices in flour mixture to gently coat. Add oil to a shallow pot or skillet and heat until the oil sizzles when a sprinkle of flour is added. Scoop out half of the leek slices shaking off any excess flour and add to oil. Fry for 4-5 minutes until golden, turning once. Using a slotted scoop remove leeks from oil and allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat the frying process with remaining leeks. Keep uncovered at room temperature until ready to use.
Recipe Notes

In this recipe, two baking sheets were used to demonstrate the roasting of the pumpkin and tomatoes, however roast all on one baking sheet if desired. A stand blender can also be used to puree the soup.  Makes approximately 10 cups.

Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup

Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup
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A hearty and healthy soup loaded with cabbage, beans and zesty meatballs.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup
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A hearty and healthy soup loaded with cabbage, beans and zesty meatballs.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Meatballs
Soup
Servings: people
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. In a food processor bowl combine chorizo and garlic, process until chorizo is broken down into tiny chunks. Set aside. In a large bowl whisk together egg, onion, oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Stir in ground turkey, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and chorizo garlic mixture until just combined.
  2. Form into meatballs using approximately 1 tbsp of mixture per meatball. Once all the meatballs have been formed, heat oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs in a single layer and pan fry until golden on all sides, about 12 minutes. Scoop out meatballs onto a paper towel lined plate, reserving fat from skillet.
Soup
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven use 1 tbsp of fat from the meatballs and sauté onions and celery over medium heat until starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add meatballs, cabbage, diced tomatoes, broth, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Add cannellini beans and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately with crusty bread.
Recipe Notes

Makes approximately 10 cups of soup.

Zucchini Spinach Bisque

Zucchini Spinach Bisque is earthy, thick, and velvety. Topped with tomato herb cream makes eating healthy easy.
Zucchini Spinach Bisque
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Earthy, thick and velvety, topped with a bright tomato herb cream.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Zucchini Spinach Bisque is earthy, thick, and velvety. Topped with tomato herb cream makes eating healthy easy.
Zucchini Spinach Bisque
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Earthy, thick and velvety, topped with a bright tomato herb cream.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Bisque
Tomato Herb Cream
Servings: people
Instructions
Bisque
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally until soft. Add garlic and 1 tsp salt and continue to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add zucchini and cook, stirring often until starting to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients, cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Using an emersion blender, blend until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding a little more stock if required. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately topped with Tomato Herb Cream.
Tomato Herb Cream
  1. In a small bowl stir together all ingredient and season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
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A bright and zesty pasta salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
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A bright and zesty pasta salad.
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, approximately 10 minutes until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until pasta is cool. Set aside.
  2. In a small skillet over medium high heat saute pancetta until rendered and crispy 5-7 minutes. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
  3. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic, and mustard until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Combine pasta, spinach, tomatoes, olives, red onion, parmesan cheese, sundried tomatoes, herbs and pancetta. Drizzle with dressing and toss to combine. Add cracked pepper and salt to taste. Makes about 5 cups and is best the day it is made.
Recipe Notes

Recipe Source:  Compelled to Cook