Warm Hugs from the Inside Out

The first soup that was going to post on this blog for autumn was my Roasted Butternut and Apple Soup. It is a brilliant tasting soup, I often get many requests for the recipe, and I even some that asks if I can a ship them a few quarts. However, after a week of eating deliciously simple roasted butternut squash for lunch and celebrating the autumn equinox with a luxurious Butternut Risotto, I got a hankering for a warm, hearty, and comforting bean soup.

(I promise the Roasted Butternut and Apple Soup recipe is coming… soon!)

Truth is I think all soups are comforting. The level of comfort changes with each soup. Sometimes I factor in sentimental memories and if there is, an illness involved. Soups, when done properly, are a big, sincere, comforting hug from the inside out. With a sack of white beans, a bounty of fresh vegetables, and sweet smoky turkey legs, comfort is within reach.

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Most bean soups are a quick snap to make in the pressure cooker and the dried beans do not need soaking overnight to get a creamy soup broth and soft, tender beans. The method is basic: sauté aromatics, add beans, add smoked meat (if using), add enough water to cover, and let the pressure cooker do all of the work. If using a pressure cooker scares you, then cook this soup in a large, heavy-bottom Dutch oven soup pot.


12 oz dried white beans: navy, northern, or cannellini, your choice
1 – 3# smoked turkey leg or smoked turkey thigh
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 medium leek or two small baby leeks, cleaned well and diced
1 rib celery, diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 c frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out
2 T olive oil
1 – 2 bay leaves
2 ½ c water; plus more if needed
kosher salt, as needed
cracked black pepper, as needed

My Method:

Heat pressure cooker or the bottom of a heavy-bottom Dutch oven soup pot; add olive oil; add onion and sauté until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes

Add leeks and cook until soften, but not brown, about 4 minutes; add celery and carrots; sauté for another 6 minutes

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Add smoked turkey leg, or turkey thigh, white beans, and bay leaves

Cover contents with water and bring pot to a full rolling boil

Follow the instructions for your pressure cooker to secure the lid; reduce heat to medium; and cook under pressure for 30 – 40 minutes

If using a Dutch oven, reduce the pot to a medium-high heat; cook until beans become tender, for about 1 hour and 15 minutes

After beans have softened, remove smoked turkey leg or turkey thigh and set aside to cool; add more water to thin soup if it becomes too thick.

When turkey leg, or thigh, is cool enough to touch, remove and discard skin; using a fork, shred meat from the bone, careful to remove any pin bones before returning meat back to soup pot

Add spinach; season soup with kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

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This soup is a full meal in a bowl chocked full of vegetables and protein For the ultimate in comfort, serve it with a golden, slightly sweet, crumbly cornbread with diced apples folded into the batter… and think of this as a huge bear hug.


1 c all-purpose flour
¾ c cornmeal
½ c granulated sugar
1 T baking powder
¾ t kosher salt
¾ c unsweetened soymilk or dairy milk
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
1 egg
1 large sweet apple, peeled and diced
Non-stick baking spray

My Method:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees; spray 8” square or round baking pan with non-stick baking spray; set aside

In one bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, granulated sugar, baking powder, and kosher salt

In another bowl, combine the soymilk, or milk, egg, and melted butter; combine thoroughly

Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; combine until just moistened; fold in the diced apples; and pour batter into the prepared baking pan

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

Serve while warm with soup

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About tawannapatrice

...a native south floridian, i am an artisan baker, personal caterer, and sarcastic demented librarian chick who finds life unbearable without immersing yourself in your true passions…
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3 Responses to Warm Hugs from the Inside Out

  1. Stock says:

    Hey, I found your blog while searching on Google. I’ll bookmark your site.

  2. Rianne says:

    Beautiful! Taste great! Love it! Make more!

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