On a cold winters day we positively crave this deliciously creamy chowder with scrumptious sweet corn topped with crunchy garlic chips. Silky heirloom white beans deliver creamy texture and plant-based protein to this guilt free dish your entire family will love.
Cook white beans on the stovetop or in a pressure cooker with just salt, water and one bay leaf. In this instance I don't use kombu in the pot because I don't want potential flecks of brown in the soup from the seaweed. Read our definitive guide to cooking heirloom beans. Strain one cup of the cooked beans and reserve the rest in the cooking broth for other recipes.
Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a thick bottomed pot over medium heat and sauté the onion, celery, garlic and bell pepper until soft.
Add the broth, cooked beans, corn and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 15-20 minutes to let all of the flavors develop.
Ladle half of the soup into a blender and puree until smooth, then return to the pot.
Stir in the nutritional yeast, taste and season with salt and pepper. Taste again and adjust seasonings.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with green onion and garlic chips.
**To make fried garlic chips, slice garlic cloves very thinly. Heat a skillet with a good coating of oil to medium high heat. Place the garlic slices in the pan and watch carefully with tongs in hand. When they start to brown, turn to the other side and then watch like a hawk. Pull them from the pan and place on a paper towel just before you think they are done because they go from brown to burnt in a heartbeat.
This beloved Italian classic is a testament to the country's artful simplicity in the kitchen. As we delve into this cherished recipe, we'll honor the time-honored traditions of Italian cuisine by starting with dried cranberry beans, which infuse the dish with unparalleled depth of flavor and an exquisite, creamy texture.
In the Basque region of France they don't soak their signature Tolosa beans, they slowly braise them with just water, salt and olive oil. Time and heat to transform even the dense beans from dry to creamy masterpieces. This method works just as well for all heirloom beans! Read more about my bean braising experiments...