I am 100% sure these green beans were meant for some holiday casserole or other amazing dish. However, as it often happens at the holidays, we get invited out a LOT and are often asked to bring something fun, amazing, and yummy (which is all code for your spouse is a chef could he bring this thing I saw in a magazine?). Well, that thing obviously didn’t include green beans.
I am very anti food-waste. As a little human growing up way below the poverty line, I spent more time dreaming about meals than actually eating them.
Back in the present, I had this four pound bag of Costco green beans. I poured myself a glass of wine as this was going hurt. I had to sort through the slimy and browning beans (even I have learned you can’t save everything), and after that I pulled out my trusty Soup Bible. It’s a wonderful book, with a ton of soup recipes, complete with amazing photos. I found my green bean parmesan soup, which I have I slightly adapted into my own recipe. This flavorful Garlicky Green Bean soup will give you dreams of spring and fresh beans.
- 1 (16 oz.) bag extra fine green beans or fresh beans
- 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion
- 3 T. unsalted butter
- 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 c vegetable or chicken broth
- 3/4 c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 c milk
- 1/4 T. – sea salt
- 1/4 t freshly cracked black pepper
Instructions: In a medium pot, warm the butter and olive oil and sauté the onions, garlic, and green beans for about 5 minutes. Slowly add the broth, sea salt and black pepper. Stir, cover, and simmer on low for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the beans and place in a blender or food processor carefully, then puree. Return the pureed beans to the pot and add milk and cheeses. Stir well, cover, and heat on low until the soup is hot (being careful not to burn it).