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Chilled Butter Bean Soup with Basil-Corn Relish

Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 45 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: 1/2 cup soup and 3 tablespoons corn mixture)
You'll need about 1 1/2 pounds of butter bean pods to get 2 cups shelled beans. You can substitute fresh lima beans

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 2 cups shelled fresh butter beans
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 basil sprig
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 202
  • fat 2.3 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 10.9 g
  • carbohydrate 35.5 g
  • fiber 10.9 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 254 mg
  • calcium 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 40 minutes or until beans are tender. Discard basil sprig. Reserve 1/4 cup beans; set aside.

  2. Place remaining bean mixture in a blender; add juice. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Cool slightly; refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled.

  3. Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn; sauté 2 minutes or until browned. Combine reserved 1/4 cup beans, corn, red pepper, chopped basil, and oil in a small bowl. Divide soup evenly among 8 bowls; top with corn mixture.

Cook's Notes

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