Know Your Beans….pt2.

Sweet Cabbage and Bean Soup

  • 1 cup red kidney beans
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 large chopped carrot
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • drizzle of olive oil

Soak your kidney beans overnight, next day drain and rinse.

In a pot of boiling water (about 3-4 cups)add your beans, onion, carrots, garlic, olive oil and bayleaf. cook for aprox 20 minutes.

Then ladle about 2 good ladles of the cooked beans and set aside.

Remove the bayleaf from the pot, then take a food processor and puree your soup (off the heat).

Place you soup back on the heat and let it simmer to a boil again then add your cabbage and 2 ladles of cooked beans

Make sure to stir frequently while the cabbage cooks so that the soup doesn’t stick to your pot, you may need to add a bit of hot water if the soup thickens. (due to bean puree) add your salt and pepper to taste.

let cool a few minutes and ready to serve with some crusty bread. So comforting! My kids love to break up the bread right into their bowls.

Try: sometimes I like to add a bit of chopped chorico to the soup, it adds a little spicy flavor. (any sausage would do)                      My kids also like little pastas in this, i also change it up with rice from time to time.

Stewed Beans with Rice

  • 2 cups of beans ( i like a medley assortment and i also like pinto)
  • 1 cup of vegetable stock
  • 3-4 cups of water  ( I measure out about 1 litre)
  • 3 1/2 tsp of olive oil (or butter)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 bayleaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp of tomato sauce (I use homemade to control the sugar, but canned is fine)

Soak your beans overnight, next day drain and rinse again

In a pan over medium heat, add your olive oil or butter. saute your chopped onion, garlic, bayleaf until golden color

add your vegetable stock and water. toss in your beans and let it cook on low heat.

add your tomato sauce let it all simmer about an hour making sure to stir frenquently.

salt and pepper to taste. Keep an eye on the pot, might need some more water if the beans soak it up. (you want a bit of sauce in the beans like in the photo above)

Let it cool after the cooking and serve on top of a bed of steamed/cooked rice.

Try: In many parts of Portugal, Chorico and even bits of pork are added to flavor the beans “Feijoada” chicken bits would also work for the kids.