Pantry Item… Amaranth

I spent awhile looking through my cookbooks and on the web for a recipe that used amaranth. I found a wide range of uses from popping it like popcorn to using it with brown rice and quinoa to make a more nutritious sushi rice. While others used it in cornbreads and soups. I think I will have to try several of the recipes, but I was in the mood for soup. I found a soup recipe online at recipezaar.com that sounded good…

*Side note: Also from the pantry… cannellini beans and tomato sauce*

cannellini-amaranth soup ingredients

Creamy Cannellini Bean – Amaranth Soup with Basil
adapted from recipezaar.com (recipe # 283906)

Rating: Very Good

    1 Tbsp. olive oil
    1/2 onion, diced
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 cup amaranth
    2 cups vegetable stock ( I used 2 cups water and 2 tsp. better than bouillon vegetable base)
    1 bay leaf
    2 tsp. oregano, dried
    salt & pepper, to taste
    1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
    1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans or white beans, drained, divided
    handful fresh basil, chiffonade
  1. Heat oil in a 2-qt. sauce pan over medium heat, add onion and a pinch of salt, sauté until onion starts to get translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, sauté a minute or two more.
  3. Add amaranth, stock, bay leaf, oregano, pepper, and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, take half the beans and use a food processor or immersion blender and purée until smooth. (*I used an immersion blender and just a bit of water.)
  5. When the 30 minutes have passed, mix the bean purée into the soup.
  6. Add the rest of the beans and the basil, stir to combine. Check seasoning, then simmer 5 minutes more.

I served this with a salad (romaine, carrots, celery, pine nuts, balsamic vinaigrette) and hot from the oven bread (rye is the dough I had and it was good with this 🙂 ). The taste of the soup reminded me of a hearty minestrone, the amaranth served as the potatoes or pasta and added a bit of a nutty-small-crunchy-ness to the soup. Interesting and good. The amaranth looked like teeny tiny quinoa :).

cannellini-amaranth soup

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