White Bean–Tahini Soup with Garlic Oil

ALSO GOOD WITH lemon kale OR carrot-top pesto

In very-long-cooked dishes, the sharp edge of garlic’s flavor can be lost—slow-cooked garlic has its own appeal, of course, but sometimes I want that strong bite. Here I sauté the garlic and drizzle the sizzling hot garlic oil into the creamy soup just before serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (455 g) dried Great Northern beans
  • 6 cups (1.4 L) vegetable stock or water
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Method

Morning

Rinse the beans in a sieve under running water. Dump them into the slow cooker and add the stock and crushed red pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Evening

Ladle out and discard excess liquid, if there is any—the stock should just cover the cooked beans. Stir the tahini into the soup. With an immersion blender, puree about half of the beans to thicken the soup. Season with salt and plenty of black pepper.

In a small sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. When it shimmers, add the garlic and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Scrape the hot garlic oil into the soup. Serve.