Eggplant and White Bean Soup

I realized the other day that when Andrew is out of town, I tend to hang out in the land of vegetarianism a lot. It’s certainly not a conscious thing, but more of a convenience thing. I’m either using up random odds and ends in the kitchen, not wanting to go to the meat counter for just one serving [I could freeze the rest, but I'm not a fan of that if I can help it], or trying out a veggie only dish that I know Andrew probably wouldn’t love.

Enter this eggplant and white bean soup.

It’s thick. It’s hearty. It has very little ingredients. You can customize the texture to your heart’s desire. It feels a lot more “meaty” than I was expecting. Usually pureed soups, while delish, tend to leave me hungry not long after. This isn’t the case. Considering the pot made two “large” servings [AKA dinner and lunch], it meant I was eating a can of beans and an eggplant at each meal. That’s intense, and I loved every minute of it.

It’s perfect for those cold, winter days…never mind that I ate it cold the next day for lunch. I’m just that weird.

Inspiration: Stonesoup

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized eggplants
  • 2 cans white beans [don't drain!]
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-4 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450º.
  2. Slice the eggplants in half and place them face down on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes until soft and deflated.
  4. In a large saucepan, saute the onion in the butter or olive oil on medium heat until soft and translucent–about 10-15 minutes.
  5. At the beans and their liquid to the onions and bring to a simmer.
  6. Scrape the eggplant flesh into the onions and beans.
  7. Puree as much you’d like, either with a blender or food processor [I did about 1/2-3/4].
  8. Taste and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  9. Serve.
  • http://pearlandpine.blogspot.com sarah

    I do the same thing when my husband is out of town. I think its a laziness thing :) I’ll be keeping this recipe on hand- looks lovely!

    • http://thehooteats.wordpress.com Michelle

      Thanks, Sarah! Laziness is probably a really good reason for it!

  • http://forgottenbeast.wordpress.com forgottenbeast

    Nothing wrong with cold stew. Cold leftover stew on salad is the bomb. And I have had this exact same stone soup recipe bookmarked for ages…I think this means I actually have to make it now.

    • http://thehooteats.wordpress.com Michelle

      Stonesoup usually makes some of the best stuff. I love how simple it is! Merry Christmas Eve!!

  • http://www.eattravelcreate.com Alissa

    The guy I’ve been dating the past 4 months is a vegetarian *gasp* so I’ve found I’m eating meat less and less… not because he has a problem with it but I have found a renewed love in all the fun and healthy thing one can make with veggies (as I’m sure you will notice with my blog posts moving forward this year). I’ll have to give this one a try! :-)

    • http://thehooteats.wordpress.com Michelle

      There is something pretty refreshing about veggies. I dig it.