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January 21, 2010 / Sarah

National Soup Month

White Bean Bisque with Garlic Chips
From Serious Eats

8 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, sliced
1 sprig rosemary
4 15.5-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 quart vegetable stock, chicken stock, or water
1/2 cup heavy cream

  1. In a small saucepot, heat just enough oil to deep fry the garlic chips—about 1/4 cup depending on the size of the pot. Heat over medium heat. When hot, add the garlic chips in, and cook until crispy and golden—but not brown and burnt. It takes seconds, so don’t take your eyes off them! Remove the chips to a paper towel with a slotted spoon to cool. Reserve the oil.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved garlic oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to a stock pot over medium heat. Add the shallot, and sauté gently until just soft—3 minutes.
  3. Drain and rinse the beans, and add them to the pot along with the rosemary sprig (leave the leaves on the stem) and the stock or water. Season with salt and pepper, raise the heat to high, and bring to a boil. When the soup boils, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. After 15 to 20 minutes, remove the rosemary sprig from the soup and discard. Turn off the heat, and use an immersion blender to purée the soup until smooth. Stir in the cream—the residual heat of the soup will heat it through. Serve the garlic chips as a garnish on top.

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