This is a comforting and extremely flavorful soup, the white beans give this soup it’s heartiness and the sun-dried tomato basil pesto gives it a rich flavor.
Here is another recipe that I made up due to the fact that I always have too much pesto in the refrigerator. Hummm, I wonder why, lol!
Recipe: Approx. 10 – 12 servings
- 3 Cups Dried White Beans
- 12 + 8 Cups Filtered Water
- 1/2 White Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/3 Cup Dry White Wine
- 1 Vegetable Bullion Cube
- 1 Recipe Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto
- 1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Greek is much creamier than regular yogurt) or Sour Cream
- 1/2 Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Sea Salt or to taste
- 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
Measure the white beans and sort thru to make sure there are no rocks then rinse and drain
Add 12 cups of water and bring to a boil on med-high heat, continue boiling until beans are soft adding the other 8 cups of water as the beans soak it up (make sure and keep an eye on them)
Make the pesto (I often make this the day before) make sure to puree really well
Dice the onion and mince the garlic, put them into a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat on med-low heat
Saute until really soft and the garlic is beginning to become golden then add the wine and bullion cube, smash the bullion well and saute until syrupy.
Take some of the bean water and mix it with the yogurt or sour cream otherwise it wont dissolve very well
When the beans are cooked add the onion mix, pesto, yogurt or sour cream and spices
White Beans are a super source of dietary fiber, which is good for the prevention of constipation, also helps digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis. They are great for heart health because of their significant amounts of folate (support of red blood cell formation, one cup of the cooked beans provides 63.7% of the recommended daily intake for folate) and magnesium (lowers blood pressure). They are good for helping insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, and help you balance blood sugar levels while providing steady energy.
Sun-Dried Tomatoes are very high in anti-oxidants; just one cup has 23 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 16 percent of vitamin A. The Vitamin C in dried tomatoes helps your body absorb the high iron content as well. They are high in potassium which helps prevent and lower high blood pressure. These tomatoes are very high in dietary fiber compared to raw tomatoes.
Fresh Basil has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A and is rich in zea-xanthin an anti-oxidant that helps protect age-related macular disease. It has a good amount of Iron and also helps to detoxify the liver. It contains phytochemicals that may lower cortisol, a hormone secreted when you’re stressed that causes weight gain, so add some fresh basil to you water or tea.