Fresh Borlotti Bean Blizzard Soup


According to the weathermen, we are in for an historic blizzard starting tonight.  The inhabitants of Boston and New York City are freaking out 😀


Not us!  In rural Pennsylvania, we laugh in the face of blizzards; ha, ha, ha, and then we make soup.  We also count the bottles in the wine rack and check the liquor pantry  😉


Hoarder that I am, food is never an issue.  In the freezer I had fresh borlotti beans and some leftover ham from Christmas.  In the refrigerator there were carrots, a really large leek, celery and some nice mirliton (chayote) that I found at the Laos Asian Market.

Bring it on!

Fresh Borlotti Bean Blizzard Soup

2 tbsp butter

2 cups smoked, cooked ham, coarsely diced

1 large leek, halved vertically and sliced

2-3 small carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

1 tsp dried thyme leaves

1 bay leaf

2 mirliton, peeled, seeded and coarsely diced

2 cups fresh borlotti beans

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

Water to cover

6 cups of water

Melt the butter in a large stock pot, add the ham and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the leek, carrots and celery, continuing to saute until the leek is wilted and soft.  Mix in the thyme, bay leaf, mirliton, beans, salt and pepper, then put water in to cover and add an additional 6 cups of water to that.

Bring the soup to a boil, then simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.






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36 Responses to Fresh Borlotti Bean Blizzard Soup

  1. Mad Dog says:

    I just saw the weather forecast and was thinking of you. My first thought was of your freezer and then I knew you’d be OK! That soup looks excellent and will certainly help 😉

  2. jaz says:

    we only got about 8 inches here. this soup looks very good. i have never cooked with a mirliton. what do they taste like?

  3. Rosemary, this sounds interesting — in the most delicious way! Plus I enjoyed the learning experience, as I’ve never heard of a Mirliton squash.
    Stay safe and warm. I’m a wimp about snow and thankful DC isn’t expected to get as much. I hope they’re right for once! 😀 Hugs.

  4. AnotherDish says:

    Yes, we’re freaking out in Boston because the snowblower won’t start. This soup, though, looks delightful and comforting. The only ingredient I don’t have is the borlotti beans.

  5. AnotherDish says:

    Oh, I don’t have the Mirliton squash either.

  6. Sơn says:

    tks for sharing, i will make it tonight 🙂

  7. azwar. mh says:

    it’s delicious porridge

  8. Lovely opening shot….I had, at first, read Lizard Soup which really grabbed my attention. Hope you’re all OK:)

  9. Beautiful photos – this lovely soup should help with the cold weather. Stay warm, be safe!

  10. A great soup for the likes of today. It is funny how people do panic with impending storms. It’s winter, it will happen every year! 🙂

  11. Amanda says:

    Oh i love your blizzard soup! It’s just what i want right now. I’m working from home. The blizzard was more of a storm, though my friends in boston are stuck. I’m all about this soup though!

  12. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Nice on a snowy day

  13. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely. We are being threatened with a smattering of snow. I am tempted to cook a soup.

  14. I’d love some snow… It’s be a good excuse to make this 😉

  15. Michelle says:

    As long as the wine and your freezer hold out, I’m sure you’ll be fine! Great looking soup.

  16. sarah says:

    I’ve never heard of mirliton! thanks for sharing such a unique recipe

  17. Hope you have enough wine to see you through the coldest of times 😉 Great soup, I too had not heard of a Mirliton…intriguing!

  18. Mary Frances says:

    Well the storm didn’t live up to the predictions but your soup kept you warm!! Looks great!!

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