Self Conscious Disclaimer: Yes there’s a recipe below but a bit of context might make this more enjoyable. Or just page down; you know what to do.
I’m a proud member of my local science fiction community and a popular question that came up at a convention I was attending recently was “What is your super power?”. I thought about it and gave some kind of crap answer. It took cooking this for a friend to realize what my super power is: I can generally pick the one recipe from a cookbook that is worth making. I got this recipe initially from a long lost cookbook of soup recipes and everyone who has ever had it has universally loved it. It is:
- Simple to make
- Entirely gluten free and easily made vegan
So that’s my super power – I can generally pick out a recipe worth making from any cookbook. Now onto the recipe!
- Chef’s knife
- Soup pot
- Measuring devices
- 6 cups stock either Chicken or Vegetable. If you want vegan then use vegetable stock
- 1 large onion or 2 small onions diced
- 1 red bell pepper diced
- 2 cans cannelini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 large or 3 small carrots (but not baby carrots) cut into a small dice; yes it is a soup but small dice gives up more flavor since there is more surface area from the flavor to transfer
- 1 dried guajillo chili pepper, stem removed and diced (yes you want the seeds to be in the soup)
- 1 dried arbor chili pepper, stem removed and diced (yes you want the seeds in the soup)
Used Part of the Way Through
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, unsalted preferably
Used At The End
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup diced dry roasted peanuts, unsalted preferably
- Minced cilantro
- Combine all the ingredients in the Used Initially section in soup pot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer.
- Set a timer for 10 minutes.
- When the timer goes off then add the 1 cup peanuts.
- Set a 20 minute timer.
- Transfer the bulk of the soup to a blender. Leave roughly a cup or two of the chunky bits in the bottom of the pot to enhance the soup.
- Blend and add back to the soup pot.
- Add the red wine vinegar and stir well. The effect of this will be to “brighten” the flavor palette of the soup.
- Top with the cilantro and diced peanuts.