Vegan white bean soup with caraway seeds, the Romanian way, a recipe for absolutely all tastes. Very light and with a subtle caraway and thyme flavour, this is the kind of soup you make once and there is no going back, you must make is again and again.
Countryside life and its beautiful simplicity. Food might be simple, but you can’t find anywhere else better food than here. Only fresh ingredients are used and a few seasonings and herbs are preferred: salt, black pepper, parsley, dill, lovage and thyme.
The younger generations living in big cities may be more open towards novelty and eager to try exotic foods, but the countryside folks like to stick to their traditional food.
This white bean soup, for example, is one of the favourite soups. The vegan version will be pretty simple, otherwise smoked ham or sausages can be added to it.
It’s been a sample food for many many years, especially in olden days when poverty meant that people had to reply on their own fruit and vegetable to survive.
The caraway seeds have a pretty unique flavour. They look very similar to the cumin seeds, but unlike those, the flavour is nowhere near as pungent, being a lot more delicate.
The seeds can be used in pastries and cookies too, especially cheesy puff pastry sticks. Thinking of it, l must bake something with caraway seeds asap.
If you can’t find these seeds, not a big deal, just season it to your taste. I do hope you find them, though. White beans are also ever so popular, being added either to soups, stews, dips or spreads. Talking about beans, my vegan butter bean mash is another recipe which may interest you.
Another great additon is dried thyme, again, this makes a huge difference to the flavour of the soup. Simple food has never been easier to make, nor more delicious!
Can white beans or dried white beans?
By all means, you can you the canned beans, which have already been cooked, so you can just throw them in the soup once the vegetables have been cooked.
But I would suggest you buy the dry ones you find in large packages of 2 pounds or so. They are quite inexpensive and will last you a long time.
If you use just one cup of beans, you’ll be able to make a big pot of soup for the whole family. 4 people can easily feed from the amounts listed below.
I like the soup pretty thin, but if you like it thicker, then use less vegetable stock (broth) and mash the beans slightly once they are cooked, that should change the consistency of the soup. Serve it with a nice chilli pepper, with or without bread.
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Vegan white bean soup with caraway seeds and thyme, a simple, but delicious soup to feed the whole family.
- 1 cup dried white beans
- 4 cups vegetable stock (broth)
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion
- 1 green pepper
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried caraway seeds
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tsp dried thyme
Place the white beans in a large bowl, add plenty of cold water to cover them and leave them to soak, ideally overnight.
Transfer the white beans to a large sauce pan, cover them with water and bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, carrots and green pepper.
Take the pan off the heat, drain the water, then put the beans back in the pan.
Add the chopped vegetables and vegetable stock and cook until the beans are tender. Some beans can take longer to cook, so patience is a virtue, as usual.
Add the tomato purée, vegetable oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, then add the thyme and caraway seeds, and garnish with freshly-chopped parsley.
Remove from the heat and cover with a lid for at least 10 minutes.
Soaking time for the beans has not be taken into account when calculated prep and cooking time. It depends entirely for how long you want to soak the beans.