Garlicky Manchego Toast on Bean Soup

Beans! They’re hearty. They’re meaty. They make my tummy happy.

When Bob’s Red Mill asked me to come up with a bean recipe for their October Soup Mix Celebration I was beyond excited to get cooking.

The bean soup recipe I’ve developed is wholesome enough for a weeknight but special enough to share with friends (except you won’t really want to share it. Oh no you won’t! You’ll want to eat every last mouthful yourself.).

What makes this bean soup wholesome? The Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix.

What makes it special? The saffron and chorizo in the soup and, more importantly, the Garlicky Manchego Toast broiled over the soup before serving.

Yes, I totally just said what you think I just said. Say it with me now: “Garlicky Manchego Toast…mmmmm.”

You know you want some. More than some. You want a lot. You want it all. You want it now. Right now.

So head over to Bob’s Red Mill to see my story about 13 Bean Flamenco Soup with Garlicky Manchego Toast and check out the recipe there or below:

Garlicky Manchego Toast on Bean Soup
 
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Soup Mix, soaked (see soaking instructions below)
  • ½ of a medium sweet onion (such as vidalia), chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped, divided
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 nice pinches of saffron
  • 48 ounces of unsalted chicken broth or stock
  • 14.5 ounce can of petite cut tomatoes with the juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Coarse black pepper
  • ½ lb Spicy Spanish Chorizo or Portuguese Chorico, finely diced
  • ⅓ lb Manchego, grated (substitution: Mozzarella mixed with a bit of Parmesan)
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1 plump and juicy garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 slices of multigrain bread
Instructions
  1. In a soup pot or Dutch oven combine the soaked beans, onion, three-quarters of the red pepper, the smoked paprika, thyme, carrots, saffron and chicken broth. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer until the beans are beginning to tenderize, about 30-45 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, 1 and ½ teaspoons of kosher salt and ½ teaspoon of coarse black pepper. Return pot to a simmer and cook until beans have reached the desired level of tenderness. For me, that’s another 45 more minutes. Add the chorizo and cook until it’s warmed through, about 5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium sized bowl combine the Manchego with the remaining bell pepper, parley, garlic and olive oil. Toast the bread.
  3. When the soup is ready, preheat your broiler. Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls. Top each bowl of soup with a toast and 2-3 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Transfer the bowls to a large baking sheet (this makes it easier to carry them and easier to get them out from under the broiler ). Put the baking sheet full of bowls under the broiler and broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling and just beginning to brown.
  4. Cha Cha over to the silverware drawer for some soup spoons and enthusiastically scoop the bowls dry.
Notes
Soaking dry beans: The easiest way is to combine them with 3-4 times their volume of water and leave them out over night. I never remember to do that. People claim that you can instead cover them with all that water, bring them to a boil, remove them from the heat, cover and leave them for an hour. When I do this the cooking times in recipes don’t match up to my reality. I instead bring the beans to a boil but then let them sit for at least 2 hours and even 3 hours if there’s time. However you you’re your beans, don’t be discouraged if the specified cooking times still don’t work out for you. Cooking beans depends on their soaking but also on how old the beans are and sometimes on the ingredients you’ve combined with them (acids and salt for instance can slow the cooking time in some situations). Just start early enough in the day so that you can let them simmer until they’re how you like them.

 

8 Responses to “Garlicky Manchego Toast on Bean Soup”

  1. Katie — November 3, 2012 @ 11:20 pm (#)

    Oh this looks fabulous, Christine!!! I’ll be making this recipe soon!

  2. Carla — October 15, 2012 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    Delicious, thanks for the share!!!

    • Christine Pittman — October 16, 2012 @ 8:49 am (#)

      You’re welcome! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Katerina — October 10, 2012 @ 6:27 am (#)

    Mmm, this soup is finger licking! And the broiled bread on top is to die for!

    • Christine Pittman — October 10, 2012 @ 9:56 am (#)

      Thanks Katerina!

  4. Adventuresindinner — October 5, 2012 @ 10:53 am (#)

    Expecting my fed ex package in time for dinner C:

    • Christine Pittman — October 5, 2012 @ 3:37 pm (#)

      You got it! Wonder what the Canadian Customs people would make of it ;)

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