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A Good Soup For The Sick

A Good Soup For The Sick


  • 1 pound cranberry beans (like borlotti)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 15 medium cloves of garlic, peeled and trimmed
  • 2 big shallots (i might have used a white onion but didn't have one), sliced on the axis into thin crescents
  • 2-3 dried smoked chiles (i used smoked serranos) but i suspect dried chipotles or even one or two chipotles from the can (in adobo sauce) would work nicely
  • 2 teaspoons+ fine sea salt for seasoning
  • a drizzle of flavorful extra-virgin olive oil
  • a small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • a couple (optional) handfuls of a salty hard cheese, parmesan, grated (i think my mystery cheese was actually three sisters serena)