Monday, November 11, 2013

Do you "Stoup"...Escarole and white bean.

I hear it happens ...Men who tell their wives that a soup just isn't enough for a proper supper...Enter the "Stoup".

A Stoup is a cross between a soup and a stew. I know not very hard to figure out. Yet A vegetarian stoup may be. So try this one's hearty and delicious And my hubby thinks its just enough for supper.
 However, if you have that man in your life that says otherwise a bit of sausage added should appease him.

 I served this sort of french onion style with melted Fontina cheese on top.

Now every time I say or think of  the word Stoup, my mind goes directly to the Salt& Peppa  song "Shoop" and I start humming and singing changing the Shoop with Stoup ! Now It  may be a bit risque of a song ..but you know what I am talking about if you were a teenager or young adult in the early 90's. Looking back its nothing compared to what is going on today! Wow i just sounded like I am 105 years old!

 Any how, as S&P start the song.."Here we go ...Here we go...Here we go again.....Ahh you make me want to  Shoop  Stoup!"

The Recipe: Escarole and White Bean Stoup
  • 1 onion
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 3-4 potatoes cut in quarters (if they are on the smaller size I used golden potatoes) 
  • 2 bunches of Escarole cleaned thoroughly 
  • 2 cans white kidney beans or Cannelini 
  • Vegetable or Chicken broth
  • S&P
  • Fontina cheese
  • a good quality Italian Boule or crusty bread
  • Macaroni 1 lb , I used Ditalini or sometimes called tubetti.
Start with the Trinity (chopped carrots,onions & celery ) Saute in olive oil in your soup pot till they start to soften, add Potatoes and Escarole and Cannelini beans . Add your broth I would say 5 to 6 cups and season cook till the potatoes start to get tender. Now add the pasta uncooked directly to the soup. As the pasta cooks the starch it releases really thickens the soup up nicely. Stop cooking when the pasta is "Al dente" or firm to the bite.
Ladle into bowl or oven safe crock sprinkle with the grated Fontina Cheese ...melt and serve with bread. Enjoy!

 And if you want to hum along too... here is the video... Shoop by Salt & Peppa...I swear it adds to the recipe! (remember this video is a bit saucy..) but a very catchy tune ...

Be well and Be have ;-)

Blessing to those who serve our country to protect us and all beings around the world . Thank you to our Service Men and Women . 


  1. This looks real healthy. Nice for a soup to have more sustance.

    1. your recipes have been looking fabulous too!

  2. Mmmm this looks delicious! I love soups, especially at this time of year, and I think I'll have to give a stoup a try :) x

    1. Let me know if you do and how you like it! Be well!

  3. That looks delicious ( I love a soup with beans in it), but I most love imagining you singing Shoop while making it. We must be of the same age because not only do I remember the catchy song, but good grief yes I feel ancient when I think it's risque and then think about things people sing today!! Interesting side note--My brother recently emailed me a picture of him with Salt n Pepa, who apparently performed at his company's party, and they both looked fantastic. He said they were nice, too. It's gotten pretty chilly here the past two days and soup needs to be on the menu this week.

    1. Yes we must be the same age or generation :-)! Thanks for the sharing the story.

  4. Your making me hungry! You can cook for me anytime!

  5. Yum . . . I am really enjoying all the comfort food that you have been featuring.
    Nothing tops it, this time of the year :)

    1. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes seeing you here!

  6. oh, I love soup! But when I have to make it a more hearty meal, I make it a legume soup (lentils and chickpeas are favorites here), or make herb & garlic croutons to go with it. Stoup? I'll give it a try :)

    1. Yes I love chickpeas....let me know if you give it a try...would love to see your spin on it.:-)

  7. Stoup!!! Yes! My most favorite winter meal - any flavor. Any time!