Since autumn officially starts tomorrow, here's a soup recipe that I'll be eating this fall - it's delicious, chock full of beans (and beer and chicken!), and topped with cheese or whatever else your heart desires. And, it's really only going to take you about 15 minutes of hands-on time (easy dinner alert!).
I'm unreasonably excited about this fall - the cool, crisp weather; pumpkins; wearing one of my many sweaters; changing leaves; and warm, hearty soup. I've haven't experience any seasons besides hot and hotter for the last ten years (except the brief sojourns to the US in December when I froze to death), so I am all in on fall.
I stood outside Trader Joe's on Saturday while they were setting up their pumpkin display and wanted to clap. Instead, I just touched all the pumpkins one-by-one. If there's a sign outside the Evanston TJs tomorrow that says "Don't touch the pumpkins, just buy them", I won't be too surprised. I saw a sign at the Farmer's Market that said, "Stop taking photos of the cheese, just buy it", right before I was about to take a photo of the cheese display. I wanted to let them know that if they'd make their cheese display a little uglier, perhaps people wouldn't want to take photos so badly, and also, some people have Instagram accounts that could really use a Farmer's Market cheese photo...
One quick note - if you're not a fan of beer in your food - it can easily be replaced with chicken stock or water - or it might be even better with apple cider or apple juice (let me know if you make it that way and like it...because that sounds really good!)
Enjoy this delicious soup recipe!