White beans have a cooling energy in the body and have been clinically proven to help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure making them a heart-healthy powerhouse. Swirling the soup through with hearty leafy green prevents the soup from being too heavy; they add a light, fresh vitality, lots of calcium and iron.
Makes 3-4 servings
Place bay leaf in a soup pot. Place beans on top. Add water bring to a boil, uncovered, over high heat. Boil 5 minutes. Cover; reduce heat to low simmer until soft, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, place oil and onion in a skillet over medium heat. When the onion begins to sizzle, add a pinch of salt and sauté until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add celery and another pinch of salt; sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add parsnips and another pinch of salt; sauté, stirring occasionally, until shiny with oil.
Transfer beans and remaining cooking liquid to a food processor fitted with the metal blade; puree until smooth. (A food mill doesn’t work well here for creaminess.) Return beans to the pot over low heat. Add a small amount of water if the bean mixture is too thick or you prefer a lighter soup. Remove a small amount of soup liquid use to dissolve miso. Stir miso mixture, sautéed vegetables and escarole into the pot; simmer 3 to 4 minutes to activate enzymes in miso. Serve hot.