When I think of pesto, a variety of pasta dishes immediately come to mind, but this week, I wanted to push outside the box. This recipe offers a refreshing take on cooking with pesto that embraces all of its delicious qualities while inspiring a new approach, and it includes white beans, which I’m just crazy about. And it provides the perfect opportunity to dig into the delicious pesto in your shares this week, compliments of a Main Street Farms and Crooked Carrot collaboration! Pesto and White Bean Soup Inspired by the Food Network Kitchen Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 small Onion, diced 4-6 cloves of Garlic, sliced 1 bunch Kale, stems removed and leaves torn into chunks – or – 1 bag Baby Spinach pinch of Red Pepper Flakes 2 (15 oz.) cans Cannellini Beans, drained – or 3 cups cooked Cannellini Beans 1 cup Water 3 tbsp. Pesto 2 tbsp. Grated Parmesan 3 cups Chicken Broth 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers, diced 1/4 cup Kalamata Olives, chopped (Optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat oil in stock pot over medium low heat. Sauté Onions until soft and translucent. Add Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes. Sauté until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes. Add Cannellini Beans and Water and simmer until thick, about 8 minutes. Stir in Pesto and Grated Parmesan Add Chicken Broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add Kale or Spinach and mix until just begins to wilt the leaves. Stir in Roasted Red Peppers and Olives. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Serve hot with fresh, crusty bread. Image courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pesto-bean-soup-recipe.html.
As the seasons change, our stomachs and palates begin to crave a change in food, as well. This simple and delicious recipe by Elias Kushner of What’s Edible is a great “transitional” meal, moving towards the warm, hearty foods of winter, but carrying with it a bit of the lightness of the end of summer. Ginger Carrot Soup by Elias Kushner of What’s Edible Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 2 lbs. Carrots, diced small 1 small Onion, diced small 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 inch Ginger, minced 1 quart Chicken Stock, heated 1 1/2 tbsp. Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Olive Oil in large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add Onions and sauté, stirring about 1 minute. Add Ginger and Garlic. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Season with Salt and Pepper. Add Carrots and cook until slightly softened, stirring frequently. Add hot Chicken Stock and bring it to low boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until Carrots are tender but not mushy. Remove the pot from heat. With a hand blender, blend soup until smooth. (If using food processor or blender, blend in batches to prevent overcrowding. If soup is too thick, add hot water until desired consistency is reached.) Serve hot and enjoy! *Image courtesy of http://www.sobeys.com/en/recipes/ginger-orange-curried-carrot-soup/.
Looking for something a little different for lunch this week? Dress up simple lentils with our fresh summer squash and a combination of savory spices that will have you asking for seconds and thirds! Red Lentil and Squash Soup By Briel Driscoll Makes 3-4 servings. Ingredients: 3/4 cup red lentils 2 small Summer Squash, halved and sliced 1 Onion, chopped 1 Garlic clove 3 cups Water 1 tbsp. Fresh Parsley, plus more for garnishing 1/4 tsp. Coriander Powder 1/4 tsp. Ground Cardamom 1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger 1/8 tsp. Pepper Salt to taste 1 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice Instructions: Combine all ingredients except Lemon Juice in large pot. Stir until evenly mixed. Bring to a boil and simmer until lentils are tender and cooked through. Add lemon juice, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.