Small Plates, Appetizers as Meals
Marguerite Marceau Henderson
Gibbs Smith, 2006
Simple. Satisfying, Beautiful. Inventive. Traditional. These are the words I use to describe the recipes developed and/or refined by Marguerite Marceau Henderson. She is the only cookbook author that has intrigued me enough to buy a second book.
I met Ms. Henderson years ago when we both released books about the same time and we were guests at the Women’s Literary Club. She was the hit of the day and I understood why.
The simplicity and flavors of this traditional soup make it a favorite and the ingredients make it healthy and satisfying. It is a good meal when I’ve spent the day in self-chosen solitary confinement and not given a thought to what’s for dinner. It’s even better when the weather is a little cool and the body wants comfort.
But looking at it and now thumbing through her book splattered with smudges and notes, I will have to share a few other recipes in the future. She is especially creative with interesting snaps of flavor the home cook can have trouble mastering. I think you will enjoy them. At least I know my husband does and so have guests.
2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
2 carrots peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (here I cheat with one, ah well)
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
1 can (14 oz.) chopped tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water (or what I want)
1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans with liquid (Ick, I rinse them)
1 cup dry small pasta (ditalini, shells, farfallini, orzo)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 T chopped, fresh rosemary
1 T chopped, fresh basil
4-5 C fresh spinach leaves
1 C grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
In a medium saucepan heat oil and sauté onion, celery, and carrots for 3 to 5 minutes over low heat, stirring often. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes, north, and water; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add beans, pasta, and salt. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes until pasta is cooked through. Stir in rosemary, basil, and spinach; cook on hot heat until spinach is just wilted. Serve at once with cheese on top. Makes 4 servings.
one of my favorites – such healthy and delicious!
And very easy really if you enjoy cooking.
yes, easy, healthy and delicious!
That looks wonderful. I love making soups, especially in my slow-cooker. So convenient.
Yes, there’s just something about soup that is intrinsically creative and satisfying.
Sounds good. Would make me hungry except I just had lunch. 🙂
I understand and I bet it was a good lunch.
Our book club was here visiting in Oregon for the weekend… so it was quite the spread. The book club, BTW, has been meeting for 25 years, the same five couples. –Curt
Friends of 25 years just proves your “human” skills. Life-long friends are a treasure.
Indeed they are.
I love making soup but I don’t put in the canned liquid either. I could love this one. Thanks ❤
Thanks for the heart. When I first saw someone just dump the slime liquid in I couldn’t believe it. Maybe it adds to vitamins and body thickness, but we all have our food idiosyncrasies.
Reads great, bet it tastes great. I’m going to make it!!! 😀
For simple, hearty fare it’s as good as it gets. Thanks for commenting and I hope you like it.
Delicious and healthy! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Really the thanks goes to Henderson, but it’s ease in making made it a good choice to share.