These last few days had me hankering for a little soup of the evening, be-yoooootiful soup. And while I would have liked to have simmering pots waiting for me as I returned from a hard day of slogging through edits, there weren't. So then, a fast soup to serve the need of my hungry minions, to get in before the carving of pumpkins, to squelch the doom and gloom of an afternoon of snaining.
a.k.a. White Bean with Sausage
In a heavy pot over medium high heat, melt
3 T. of butter
1 c. of chopped mushrooms
1/4 c. chopped fresh rosemary
4 cloves of smashed and chopped fresh garlic
Let that get all lightly browned, then toss in
4 roughly chopped sausages of your liking (I used chicken sausage the other night)
Sauté so that the sausage bits get a nice little crispy edge to them. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, combine (in batches if needed)
3 cans of drained and rinsed white beans (great northern, whatever)
2 cups chicken stock (use more if you want to thin it out a bit)
Press puree through a fine mesh sieve (or not if you don't mind a touch of waxy bean). Add to pot. Stir in
1/4 - 1/2 c. cream (depending on the day you're having)
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring the mess to a simmer and serve with a crusty bit of grainy bread and slippers. Drink beer, something hoppy. Let it snain.