Ahhh Fall, can you feel it finally? I need to pull out my warm comfy socks! As my niece would say, “my tootsies are cold!”
I made a whole chicken in the crock pot last week, and saved the the stock, and leftover chicken. So now I can make my second dish, still in one pot. I said I was going to put a twist on a comfort soup. When I was out to lunch with fellow bloggers the other day at Zoe’s Kitchen, I was inspired by a side dish. I ordered per my servers recommendations, the white beans with rosemary. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs to work with, it is so lovely, and fragrant.
I made white bean and vegetable soup, with fresh rosemary. Normally I would not add the chicken, but what a great way to use a leftover right?
I soaked the Great Northern Beans for about an hour. When soaking beans, make sure you have about an inch of water above the beans, it gives them room to expand.
Here is the stock I reserved from the first dish.
Be sure to remove the fat from the top of the stock- there’s no need to have that extra unwanted fat in your dish. Just lift off with a spoon, and I recommend discarding in the garbage.
Once the stock is cooked down you can still see some fat, so be sure to strain the stock.
I did add about two more cups of water, with the two cups of reserved stock, in the crock pot. I wanted the dish to still have that fun, walking-down-memory-lane feel to it. I remember my mom making delicious bean soup when I was a child. The house always smelled amazing. So I decided to just add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic to the soup. The leaves on the top of the celery- be sure to cut them up too, they really give a lot of flavor to the dish. The garlic you add all depends on your preference, we love garlic in this house. You really can never have too much garlic in a dish.
It is ready to do its magic now!
I started putting everything together in the morning about 10 am, and set the crock pot for eight hours so dinner was ready for the nighttime football game. Nothing is better then football, Fall, and comfort food right?
About 3 hours before the soup was done cooking, I added the leftover chicken, and chopped a bunch of fresh rosemary very finely. I also added salt, pepper and dried thyme as I didn’t have fresh thyme in my garden.
Time to enjoy some warm soup!
What is your favorite soup to make on a cool Fall day?
Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,