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This white bean and tomato soup flavored with sage and thyme is an elegant alternative to minestrone soup.
|Time||1½ hours, plus soaking time|
Drain and rinse the beans and place in pot along with water, 5 sage leaves, 2 bay leaves, thyme, 3 whole cloves garlic, and 1 T oil. Bring to a boil, add ½ t salt, lower heat, and simmer about an hour, until beans just just tender.
Set the colander over a bowl; strain the beans; and remove the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme stems. Set both the cooking water and beans aside.
Heat remaining oil along as you mince the last garlic clove. Add to pot along with the remaining sage and bay leaf. Sauté a minute or two, add onion, and cook, stirring frequently, for 8-10 minutes, until soft. Add the tomatoes, cooking liquid, and remaining salt, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20 minutes. Then add beans and cook another 10 minutes.
Serve hot or set aside to cool, then refrigerate in an airtight container – the flavor will actually improve over the next day or two.
Adapted from The Greens Cookbook: Extraordinary vegetarian cuisine from the celebrated restaurant, by Deborah Madison with Edward Espe Brown.
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