Creamy Asparagus Soup

On rainy spring afternoons, I hole up in the kitchen and make this asparagus soup recipe. It’s my spring substitute for the butternut squash soup I love making in the fall. When it’s too wet to be outside, I find it soothing and meditative …


On rainy spring afternoons, I hole up in the kitchen and make this asparagus soup recipe. It’s my spring substitute for the butternut squash soup I love making in the fall. When it’s too wet to be outside, I find it soothing and meditative to simmer a pot of asparagus soup on the stove and listen to the rain pattering on the roof. To me, it’s the perfect spring soup. Fresh basil makes it aromatic and refreshing, peas lend it a subtle sweetness, and blended potato makes it lightly creamy without any heavy cream. Serve it as a starter with […]

Potato Leek Soup

Even though yesterday was the first day of spring (!!!!), I still wanted to share this potato leek soup recipe with you today. It might seem wintry, but if you ask me, it’s actually perfect for early spring. At least in Chicago, we’ll have …


Even though yesterday was the first day of spring (!!!!), I still wanted to share this potato leek soup recipe with you today. It might seem wintry, but if you ask me, it’s actually perfect for early spring. At least in Chicago, we’ll have a few more snaps of cool weather (it snows every year on Jack’s April birthday), but on those chilly, gray spring nights, this cozy potato leek soup will warm us up! This recipe is also a great way to showcase spring leeks, as they add sweet, oniony depth of flavor to the creamy and comforting soup. […]

Cabbage Soup

This cabbage soup recipe does the impossible: it uses an entire head of cabbage in one go! Nearly every time I buy a cabbage, I whittle away at it for weeks, adding some to a slaw, some to a bowl, more to a taco, and so on. So the first time I made thi…


This cabbage soup recipe does the impossible: it uses an entire head of cabbage in one go! Nearly every time I buy a cabbage, I whittle away at it for weeks, adding some to a slaw, some to a bowl, more to a taco, and so on. So the first time I made this cabbage soup recipe, I was shocked. I started by adding half of my cabbage. As it wilted down, it melted into the soup with the aromatic veggies and herbs. I didn’t want it to disappear – I was making cabbage soup, after all – so I […]

Vegan Corn Chowder

What is so special about this Vegan Corn Chowder recipe? Everything. It starts with pan-seared corn kernels and deglazed pan, which makes this soup actually oil-free. It is thickened with potatoes and turned creamy with a smooth cashew cream. What&#821…

What is so special about this Vegan Corn Chowder recipe? Everything. It starts with pan-seared corn kernels and deglazed pan, which makes this soup actually oil-free. It is thickened with potatoes and turned creamy with a smooth cashew cream. What’s not to like? We love creamy soups. Try our Roasted Broccoli Sweet Potato Soup where...

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40 Easy Weeknight Dinners

Each year, when winter starts to melt into spring, I refresh my rotation of easy weeknight dinners. The weather begins to change, and so do my cravings. On some days, I’m still in the mood for the cozy comfort food of winter – hearty pastas…


Each year, when winter starts to melt into spring, I refresh my rotation of easy weeknight dinners. The weather begins to change, and so do my cravings. On some days, I’m still in the mood for the cozy comfort food of winter – hearty pastas, soups, and stews – but on others, I’m hungry for weeknight dinners that are lighter and brighter. This year especially, I’m ready for a change. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have cooked more in the last 12 months than I ever thought possible. Right now, weeknight dinners that are quick […]

Cannellini Beans and Greens

I love the simplicity of this cannellini beans recipe. I first started making it last spring, when our trips to the grocery store were few and far between. You only need a handful of ingredients to make it – cannellini beans, aromatics, lemon jui…


I love the simplicity of this cannellini beans recipe. I first started making it last spring, when our trips to the grocery store were few and far between. You only need a handful of ingredients to make it – cannellini beans, aromatics, lemon juice, and Swiss chard – and even those are flexible. If you don’t have dried cannellini beans, substitute other white beans, like Great Northern or navy beans. If you don’t have chard, use kale or spinach. No shallot? Try an onion. No – well, you get the idea. After a long, hands-off simmer, these humble ingredients transform […]

Vegan Taco Soup in 20 minutes!

This is a super quick and easy Vegan Taco Soup with the meatiest Vegan Taco Meat ever. If you are craving a simple, delicious taco-flavored soup, make this one in 20 minutes! Serve it hot with tortilla chips, avocado slices, and sour cream. Do you also…

This is a super quick and easy Vegan Taco Soup with the meatiest Vegan Taco Meat ever. If you are craving a simple, delicious taco-flavored soup, make this one in 20 minutes! Serve it hot with tortilla chips, avocado slices, and sour cream. Do you also love Tex-Mex comfort food? We sure do. Check out...

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Lemony Vegan White Bean Soup

Do you feel like having refreshing and warm comfort food? Then try this Vegan White Bean Soup. It is a roux-based veggie-packed soup with a zesty taste. The addition of freshly chopped parsley will complement the lemony flavor perfectly. No fancy ingre…

Do you feel like having refreshing and warm comfort food? Then try this Vegan White Bean Soup. It is a roux-based veggie-packed soup with a zesty taste. The addition of freshly chopped parsley will complement the lemony flavor perfectly. No fancy ingredients or complicated steps to make this light, simple and comforting vegan soup. Are...

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Brothy Beans & Greens with Grilled Bread

With little more than some aromatics and time (also: thyme), drab dried beans become tender and buttery in a richly flavored broth, complete with wilted bitter greens and grilled bread to top it all off. Dried beans are a pantry staple, but it can take some practice to cook them properly! This brothy beans and […]

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With little more than some aromatics and time (also: thyme), drab dried beans become tender and buttery in a richly flavored broth, complete with wilted bitter greens and grilled bread to top it all off.

Dried beans are a pantry staple, but it can take some practice to cook them properly! This brothy beans and greens recipe is our favorite method, resulting in a rich bean broth that’s surprisingly full of flavor. Serve with slices of toasted crusty bread for the perfect meal!

Two charcoal gray bowls with brothy white beans and wilted kale, with slices of grilled sourdough bread

2020 was undeniably the Year of the Bean.

Dried beans were not something we cooked with any regularity before last year. We honestly had no clue what we were doing in the beginning, and the first few batches surely reflected that (mmm crunchy beans).

Surprisingly, now that we have a bit more experience with them, we’ve been pleasantly surprised at just how good a properly-cooked pot of beans can be. Easily as satisfying as a good plate of pasta, and significantly healthier at that.

We’ve made probably made these brothy beans and greens, or something similar, at least a dozen times in the past year, and every single time it turns out different. So finally, after enjoying yet another soul-satisfying bowl of brothy beans, we decided to start writing things down and fine-tuning our favorite aromatics and additions so we could share it here with you.

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