Widow beans

Description

This is Spanglish name that reminds us of the best bean cook we ever met, as this is what she called the dish. It is a bean soup with no meat or sausage at all. Flavoring the beans is a challenge.

Ingredients

2 c beans (white beans such as Cannellini beans, measured dry and soaked)
1 hd garlic (small head, whole, skin on, washed)
1 lf bay leaf
1⁄2 t paprika (sweet paprika)
  seasoning (salt to taste, pepper if you must)

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a large pan together with the garlic head, bay leaf, olive oil and paprika. Cover with water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 45-60 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add liquid if the water evaporates too fast.
  2. Add the potato when the beans begin to soften.
  3. Season at the end, when the beans are almost done.
  4. Drain the water from the soaked beans, wash and drain again before cooking.

Notes

Soak beans for 6-8 hours, or overnight.

Cooking time depends on the kind of beans used. A pressure cooker would cut this time by half to two thirds.

Add other vegetables - such as peeled carrot, whole bell pepper o whole tomato.

Leftovers? Puree any leftovers and use them the folowing day, or freeze them for another meal. A sieve would help removing skin or seeds, if bell pepper or tomatoes were added.

Re-heat and serve the bean puree with croutons or fried bread.

Yield
6 servings
Preparation time
15
Cooking time
90
Total time
1 hour, 45 minutes