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Jul 12, 2013 01:47 PM

Chilled String Bean Soup?

I put 2 lbs of string beans on to cook and the alarm didn't go off. They didn't burn but they are overcooked and salty but still taste good. All the soup recipes are for hearty winter soups. Any suggestions on a cold soup recipe using them? Suppose I could do green beans and green peas with some cream and chicken stock but would love other ideas. Thanks.

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  1. In the game of bridge, trying to save this mess would be called throwing a loser on a loser.

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    1. re: Veggo

      But they really taste pretty good and were fresh from the Farmers' Market--but your analogy did make me laugh and I have been known to buy $5 of ingredients to use up 50 cents worth of leftovers.

    2. Were you planning on soup, or is that your idea for using them because they are overcooked? I'll bet if you pureed them they would be a good starting point for a cold veggie mash of some sort. Personally, I'd sautee garlic till sweet. Then slightly sautee onion and peppers (mixture of sweet and hot), just enough to tame the onion but leave some texture. Mix into bean puree, maybe add cream cheese and/or pureed cooked chick peas, then add your choice of herbs/spices and use as a dip and sandwich spread. .

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      1. re: greygarious

        So easy, I should have suggested it.

      2. How about purée and use in risotto?
        Make a veg bread/ cake? Savory green bean cupcakes with crushed almond crumble topping.

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        1. re: Kris in Beijing

          Too hot for risotto right now. The cupcakes sound interesting but that could be throwing good money after bad like Veggo suggested. Thanks.

        2. It's done and I'm calling it Veridian Summer Soup. Cooked green beans, green peas, one raw zucchini, garlic, scallions, mint, parsley, pepper, two cubes coconut milk. Processed it all with some water and then pressed through sieve. Salt level is fine--I would call it "vegetal." If my husband doesn't like it I'll have it for lunch; it is undoubtedly good for me. (At least I spent less on the other ingredients than I did on the green beans.)

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          1. re: escondido123

            That sounds good! I would try it. Maybe with some shaved Parmesan?

            1. re: ohmyyum

              And some creme fraiche and chives. I would try that. It sounds refreshing

              1. re: suzigirl

                Oh and I added some Greek yogurt--will serve with a dollop of that and maybe a drizzle of avocado oil.

          2. So I had a bowl of this soup today and the weirdest thing is it tastes like there is caraway in it. Didn't add any, don't have any in the house, don't even have rye bread in the house. The soup was quite good, but why caraway?