Bean and broccoli soup

21 Jun
A vegetarian I am not. Never have been.
However, recently I caught a mess of crap from a pair of non-meat eaters of my acquaintance. (They called me a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal; can you believe that?) And so, in the interest of harmonious relations with the herbivore crowd, allow me to offer one of the best meat-eschewing soups that I know. 
(If you are wondering what possible use could such a recipe have at this time of year, then consider this: Last week it was cold enough and wet enough up here that, as the soup simmered on the stovetop at the waterfront cabin where I was visiting, I strolled down to a nearby ship’s chandlery and bought myself a new fleece cap.)
I just gotta fly south one of these days.
So, you got your onions, your garlic, celery, pepper, like that, all sauteing in olive oil, then some dry vermouth.
Toss in the broccoli and the beans, along with a good chunk(s) of rind from Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (I always have a bunch in the freezer).
Add water or vegetable stock and cook for about an hour.
And there you go.
No muss, no fuss. 
And no dragging of knuckles.
Bean and broccoli soup
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 whole garlic cloves
1 small onion, sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 hot pepper, chopped
1/4 cup dry vermouth
2 cups cannelini beans (fresh or dried)
1 head broccoli
Rind from Parmigiano-Reggiano
8 cups water or vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the garlic, onion, celery and hot pepper in oil until softened, then add vermouth and cook until it evaporates.
Add the broccoli, beans, cheese rind and liquid, then a good dose of salt and some ground pepper.
Cook about an hour and serve.

11 Responses to “Bean and broccoli soup”

  1. Velva June 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Your vegetarian friends have nothing on you-this looks delicious.Velva

  2. Proud Italian Cook June 22, 2011 at 2:31 am #

    Bring it on!

  3. Jeannie June 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    I don't mind eating vegetarian if they look like this dish! Cheese in soup huh! Sounds good 😀

  4. Kate. June 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    OK, so if I put cheese rinds in my stuff, I find big globs of melted cheese later. Am I doing it wrong? Not that I mind, but I thought it would evenly disperse and thicken, not just glob in random spots.

  5. Mister Meatball June 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    Globs huh? Can't say I get that, no. Are you using Reggiano or just any rind?

  6. Kate. June 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Just any rind of any hard cheese. Does that make a difference?

  7. Mister Meatball June 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Kate: Probably does make a difference, though can't say for sure, as all I have ever used is Reggiano. Maybe try Velveeta rind?

  8. Anonymous June 24, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    How do you print this out without getting pages of other stuff…Nina

  9. Mister Meatball June 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Seems to be a problem, yeah. Maybe just copy and paste. Sorry. Blogger can be a trial.

  10. Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti June 25, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    No need to be vegetarian to eat a soup as good as this!

  11. mbv June 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    To Anonymous (or Nina?)on 6/24/11: To avoid getting pages of other stuff, left-click on material you want to print, pull mouse over material, then left-click again to save for printing from mouse or go to print preview to adjust material for printer.

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