Chick Pea And Grilled Eggplant Soup With Wisconsin Brie


2 c. garbanzo beans, rinsed, sorted
3 large eggplants (about 1-lb. each), cut in half
1/2 c. (4-oz.) olive oil, divided
8-oz. shallots, peeled, chopped
4-oz. garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
2 c. yellow onions, peeled, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2-qts. chicken stock
2 c. heavy cream
8-oz. Wisconsin Brie Cheese, rind removed and cubed
1/2 c. grated Wisconsin Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. cracked black pepper
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped

Soak garbanzo beans in water overnight; drain. Place beans and 4 cups water in large pot. Bring to boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, until beans are tender. Drain; set aside. Rub eggplant halves with 2-oz. olive oil; place on wood grill. Grill eggplant slowly until eggplant starts to soften. Remove from grill and cool. Remove skin and set eggplant aside. Heat 2-oz. olive oil in large soup pot. Lightly sauté shallots, garlic, onions and celery until light brown. Add garbanzo beans and eggplant; continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Add chicken stock; simmer for 20 minutes. Add cream, Brie and Parmesan cheese; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; season with black pepper, salt and basil. Reserve some beans for garnish. Purée soup mixture in blender until smooth. Strain through a chinois.

Makes 16 servings.

Recipes and images courtesy of © 2014 Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.

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