Monday, September 26, 2011

Meatless Monday: White Bean Soup with Tomato Salsa

Just in time for the cooler whether now that Summer has come to a close. Give this recipe a try if you're looking for flavor and comfort this season. Don't have orzo? Rice is a great substitute. Better yet, try wild rice or quinoa to add some extra nutrition.

1 cup orzo
4 tomatoes (roughly chopped)
1 red bell pepper (roughly chopped)
2 small red onions (diced)
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (torn)
1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
kosher salt and pepper
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flake
2 15 oz. cans white beans (rinsed)
4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
juice of 2 lemons
crusty bread (optional)

Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the tomatoes, red pepper, 1 onion, basil, Feta, 2 tablespoons oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside. Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic, chili flakes, and remaining onion. Cook until softened for about 3 minutes. Add the beans, 3 cups broth, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Transfer the bean mixture to a food processor or blender. Pulse until combined but still slightly chunky. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Return the bean mixture to a saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining cup broth and bring to a simmer. Stir in orzo. Ladle soup into bowls and spoon salsa on top. Serve with bread (if desired).

Bon appetit!

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