Autumn is quickly approaching which means it’s time to get those large sauce pots out and get those soups and stews boiling!
Slow-Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 4 stalks celery, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 14 oz canned diced tomatoes
- 2 cans white beans
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- In a slow cooker, combine the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, kale, tomatoes, beans, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and vegetable stock. Stir to combine.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours, until the vegetables are tender.
- Serve hot.
Creamy Leek Soup
- 8 medium leeks (3 pounds), trimmed, leaving white and pale green parts only, and chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 small boiling potato (6 ounces)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 3 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth (24 fluid ounces)
- 3 cups of water
- 1 Turkish bay leaf or 1/2 California
- 1 1/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream
- Wash sliced leeks in a large bowl of cold water, agitating them, then lift out and drain well in a colander.
- Cook leeks, onion, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper in 4 tablespoons butter in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Peel the potato and cut into 1/2-inch cubes, then add to onion mixture along with wine, stock, water, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in parsley and simmer soup, uncovered, 5 minutes. Discard bay leaf and keep soup at a bare simmer.
- Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a 1-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, then add flour and cook roux, whisking, until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 2 cups simmering stock (from soup), whisking vigorously (mixture will be thick), then whisk mixture into remaining soup and return to a simmer, whisking.
- Blend soup in 4 batches in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids), about 1 minute per batch, transferring to a 3- to 4-quart saucepan. Reheat if necessary, then season with salt and pepper.
- Beat cream in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until it almost forms soft peaks. Serve soup topped with cream.
The Best Beef Stew
- 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary, divided
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 cups cubed peeled potatoes
- 3 cups coarsely chopped onions (about 2 large)
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
- Additional fresh rosemary, optional
- In a small bowl, toss beef and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a large bowl, combine 4 tablespoons of flour and paprika. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and toss to coat.
- In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil over medium heat. Stir in tomato paste, herbes de Provence, and garlic; cook until fragrant and color starts to darken slightly. Add wine; cook until mixture just comes to a boil. Simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in broth, 1 teaspoon rosemary, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is almost tender, about 1-1/2 hours.
- Add potatoes, onions, and carrots. Cover; simmer until meat and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes longer.
- Discard bay leaves. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 2 tablespoon flour. Add cold water and vinegar; stir until smooth. Stir into stew. Bring to a boil; add peas. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. If desired, top with additional fresh rosemary.
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