Fasolada Bean Soup

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 (15 oz.) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (32 oz.) carton low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and sauté onion and celery until softened and translucent, 6-8 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  3. Season with oregano, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper.
  4. Pour in beans and chicken broth, then stir in bay leaf.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Transfer 2 cups of soup to blender or food processor and blend until smooth, then return to the pot and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
  7. Stir in lemon juice, zest and fresh parsley, then transfer to bowls and serve hot.

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