Garbure & A Ridiculously Delicious Challenge

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Garbure is a ridiculous soup with an even more ridiculous name. It’s also one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. With a half pound of proscuitto (and a smidge of bacon fat for good measure), how could it not be? Don’t worry though, in addition to all that porky goodness there’s enough healthy stuff to land this soup solidly in the “good choices” category of eating. Which is a good thing, considering if you’re anything like me you’ll be licking your bowl clean.

Proscuitto makes a great quick stock with subtle floral notes and reminds me of spring even as we dig ourselves out from under what must be the 50th snowstorm this winter, while a potato and some white beans cook down and let off so much creamy starch that its hard to believe that there’s no milk or cream in the recipe. Topped with blue cheese crumbles that take the flavor of this soup through the roof, this dish is rich, comforting, and filling.

I usually get tired of soup before I can finish all of the leftovers, but I ate every last drop of this and still wanted more. It’s a good thing it’s cheap an easy to make!


Serves 6

  • 1/2 pound Proscuitto, chopped
  • 1 Tbs bacon fat (optional)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Sage, Marjoram, and Thyme
  • 1 white Potato, diced
  • 4 cups Cannellini Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups Fava Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Cabbage, chopped
  • 3 ounces Blue Cheese Crumbles

Add all ingredients except the blue cheese to a large pot filled with 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft. Season to taste with black pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and top with blue cheese crumbles.


I’m submitting this recipe to Souper Sundays at Kahakai Kitchen!


Before I sign off for the night, I’ve been presented with a challenge. The guide to risotto rice I wrote at the end of last year won me an entry into the Marx Foods Ridiculously Delicious Challenge. Since other commitments prevented me from participating in Next Food Blog Star this past fall, I’m all about this opportunity to flex my creative culinary muscle (it’s also the kick in the butt that I need to get back into the kitchen and actually cook something. There’s been a lot of take out in this house the past few weeks.)

For the first challenge, I’m supposed to pick three items from the link above and say what ridiculously delicious thing I would do with them… the kicker is that these items become my prize if I win the entire challenge. Do you have any idea how much pressure that is? Or how difficult it is?

Everything seems to go together perfectly — making it next to impossible to limit my fantasy dish to just three items — but at the same time, I want the oysters and the duck, and try as I might I couldn’t figure out how to craft that mess of meat into a single meal. But what I really want is the sausage sampler. OMG I’m drooling just reading the descriptions! So what I would make with my three items is huckleberry-glazed semi-boneless quail with a side of lamb merguez sausage dressing/stuffing. It would be the most fantastic meal of my life… until the next day, when I would stuff my face with the remaining sausages, only taking breaks to wash them down with huckleberry margaritas. Healthy be damned.

By on February 7th, 2011

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie.

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10 thoughts on “Garbure & A Ridiculously Delicious Challenge”

  1. What a perfectly delicious sounding soup. 😉 It looks so creamy and full of flavor. Thanks for sharing it this week with Souper Sundays. 😉

    • Believe it or not, the recipe that I used as the inspiration for this one used a full pound! I wouldn’t let myself go that far though. haha

  2. Half a pound of prosciutto? You can count me in. How have I never heard of this soup before?? Looks delicious.

    Well, if you get that quail and sausage I might have to make the trip up to visit you. And “help you” eat the best meal of our lives. yes, I can be quite presumptuous at times. Sorry.

    • It’s pretty amazing. I don’t know how I had gone so long without ever hearing of it either… and what’s worse, when I finally did put it on my list of things to make, it took me three whole weeks to get around to it!

      And girl, you’re welcome to invite yourself over any time.

  3. That soup looks like something I’ve never tried before! All the ingredients separately seem soo strong so I can’t imagine what they taste like together!!

  4. Oh my, that sounds like a wonderful combination of flavors and textures. Bleu cheese must make it absolutely amazing!

  5. Lauren – with a couple of cured pancettas hanging in my wine cellar, this recipe could not have come at a better time 🙂 Good luck on the challenge – I am sure you will do well! Healthy be damned indeed. That’s why we love you – because healthy can be delicious and delicious does not have to be healthy ALL the time 😉


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