Potato and White Bean Soup with Sage

I can very clearly remember my Mom and her friends telling this joke when I was a kid. It always made me laugh (even though I didn’t get it) and it still does. Since I’m sharing a potato soup recipe, it came to mind.

A Polish guy is walking along the beach in France. There are many beautiful women lying in the sun, and he really wants to meet
one.  But try as he might, the women don’t seem to be at all interested. Finally, as a last resort, he walks up to a French guy
lying on the beach who is surrounded by adoring women. 

“Excuse me,” he says, taking the guy aside, “but I’ve been trying to meet one of those women for about an hour now, and I just can’t seem to get anywhere with them. You’re French. You know these women. What do they *want*?” 

“Maybe I can help a leetle beet,” says the Frenchman. “What you do ees you go to zee store. You buy a leetle bikini sweeming suit. You walk up and down zee beach. You meet girl very qweekly zees way.”

“Wow! Thanks!” says the Polish guy, and off he goes to the store. He buys a skimpy red bathing suit, puts it on, and goes back to the beach.  He parades up and down the beach but still has no luck with the ladies.  So he goes back to the Frenchman.

“I’m sorry to bother you again,” he says, “but I went to the store, I got a swimsuit, and I *still* haven’t been able to meet a girl.”  

“Okay,” says the Frenchman, “I tell you what you do. You go to zee store. You buy potato. You put potato in sweeming suit and walk up and down zee beach. You will meet girl very, very qweekly zees way.”

“Thanks!” says the guy, and runs off to the store. He buys the potato, puts it in the swimsuit, and marches up and down the beach.
Up and down, up and down he walks, but the women will hardly even look at him. After half an hour he can’t take it anymore and goes back to the Frenchman.

“Look,” he says, “I got the suit, I put the potato in it, and I walked up and down the beach– and still nothing!  What more can I

“Well,” says the Frenchman, “maybe I can help you a leetle beet. Why don’t you try moving zee potato to the *front* of zee
sweeming suit?”

1 pint light or regular cream
1 cup milk
1 box chicken broth
8-10 leaves of sage chopped
3-4 cloves garlic chopped
4-5 cans cannelini beans ( great northern beans work the same)
3 large potatoes
2 leeks finely chopped
Parmesan cheese
tablespoon honey
olive oil
white balsamic vinegar
bay leaves

Cut the potatoes into small cubes (about 1/2 inch) and boil, add salt, until tender then drain water and put aside.

In the same pot saute the garlic and leeks with the olive oil, enough oil at least to coat the bottom of the pot and add chopped sage leaves –saute until leaves are translucent.

Add broth, then cream and milk and mix well ( I use a whisk to blend) Add beans and potatoes. Bring to a boil, add a dash of white balsamic vinegar and honey as well as seasonings and bay leaves.

Let it simmer and reduce a bit then add Parmesan cheese to taste and to help thicken.

After it has been simmering for a while, take a couple mugs full and transfer to a blender, puree and add back into the mixture. Distribute and stir well.

Serve hot and enjoy!

serve hot with a crispy baguette to dip!








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