Arborio, Cabbage and White Bean Soup: PB Crave GIVEAWAY!!

by simplylife on July 9, 2012

One of my favorite parts of getting a weekly CSA is the abundance of fresh herbs.  Throughout the year, I vary using fresh and dried herbs in my recipes based on the season, what I’m cooking and what I have available.  That’s why, in many of my recipes, I don’t specify using dried or fresh herbs; I want you to feel the flexibility to choose what is most accessible when trying a recipe.

Throughout the month of June, I received a bundle of fresh herbs nearly every week.  They ranged from parsley to sage, cilantro, oregano and thyme.

During a recent week, I received several herbs in addition to garlic scapes and cabbage (among other vegetables).  While I get excited as I drive home every week with my overflowing bag of fresh produce, I also start to wonder if it will be possible to really utilize each item before they lose their fresh flavor (I’m still learning what can freeze well and how best to do that!).

While I know much of the country has been going through a heat wave (I hope you’re staying cool!), I feel fortunate that some of the evenings have been comfortable enough to throw several items in a pot, leave the kitchen, and allow them to cook away and then enjoy a bowl of soup with some of the freshest flavors available.  Even if you’re trying to avoid using the stove completely, this recipe can easily be adapted to using the crock pot, which is one of my favorite summer appliances; just plug it in and let it do all the work for you, without heating up your kitchen!

Arborio, Cabbage and White Bean Soup

by Simply Life

Keywords: entree soup/stew vegetarian vegan cabbage beans


  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 2/3 cup arborio rice
  • 1 garlic scape, chopped
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Parsley, to taste
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 head cabbage, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 15/5 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup croutons croutons


1. Heat 2 tbs. olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add rice and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, oregano and parsley and cook additional 2 minutes. Add broth, water, cabbage and bay leaves. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

2. Add beans to soup and cook additional 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Season with salt and pepper. Remove bay leaves, serve in bowls, top with croutons, and enjoy!

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Another “warm” food that I’ve continued to eat, even during this hot summer: my morning oats!  I have loved bring able to add the season’s freshest fruit to my hot breakfast bowl, and more recently, I’ve also been adding a scoop of PB Crave!  I was sent a package containing each of their favors to review: Cookie Nookie, Choco Choco, Razzle Dazzle and Coco Bananas.

The first one I dug into was Cookie Nookie.  As the package describes, this a peanut butter with chocolate chips, honey and cookie dough flavor.  Sounds pretty good, huh?

It is.  With a smooth and creamy consistency, every spoonful is deliciously sweet (and way too addicting!).  I’m already thinking of how incredible this would be to bake with and can’t wait to try the other flavors!

PB Crave is made using premium, natural ingredients and is gluten-free.  In addition, a minimum of 2% of the profits from every jar of PB Crave goes to Project Peanut Butter, a non-profit organization dedicated to treating malnourished children.

They are also offering a giveaway to one Simply Life reader!  The winner will receive a CoCo Banana Variety Pack ($20.97 value)!  Giveaway will be open until July 13; winner must live in the lower 48 states.
To enter, to any/all and tell me in the comments:
1. Like their Facebook page
2. Like their homepage
3.  Follow them on Twitter
4.  Follow them on Pinterest 

~Will you eat warm foods in the summer?

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  • Sam

    What gorgeous looking soup! That’s not happening here for a while. It’s still too hot. So jealous of your scapes! We only got them for one week this year.

    • Simply Life

      Yes, I haven’t seen scapes in a couple weeks now. BTW- I just updated the post and now have a giveaway!!

  • Renata

    Great review and delicious recipe! I like PB Crave on Facebook

  • Renata

    I like their homepage now too!

  • Renata

    Following both you and PB Crave on Twitter – @serene_streams
    Thanks so much as I would love to give these a try as they look so yummy! 🙂

  • Colleen

    This soup looks great! The perfect way to use some of those amazing CSA veggies and herbs. 🙂
    Awesome looking product with the PB Crave! I like their facebook page. Would love to try all the flavors!!

  • Mom

    Your soup looks yum! I love all of the pictures and who knew peanut butter could have so many varieties!

    I eat warm foods all the time in the summer! I hate to say it, but the oven is on just as much as before…I’m not creative enough to come up with alternate foods most of the time!

    Working in the check out line is making me aware of so many herbs and veggies I never knew … yellow neck squash?? Who knew!!!

  • The Actor’s Diet

    i like them on facebook!

  • Raymond

    The soup looks mouth-watering delicious! Would love to taste PB Crave! I like their homepage too!

  • Raymond

    Facebook PB Crave Fan too! Thanks!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I’m so weird when it comes to hunger pains. I still eat oatmeal and drink hot coffee in the mornings. It doesn’t bother me so much…. 🙂

    LOVE PB. I follow them on twitter!

  • Autumn@GoodEatsGirl

    This looks amazing! I’m learning to love my crock pot this summer…it’s been so hot that I have refused to turn the stove on!!

    I’m following PB Crave on twitter!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    I like that you used a garlic scape for flavor in your soup. It sounds lovely. I definitely still eat warn food in the summer.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I liked their home page

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I followed them on Twitter

  • Jolene (

    Gah – that is some cool PB (wish I lived in the US for this one!). I always eat warm foods in the summer. I could eat soup every day, all year long and be happy.

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I followed them on Pinterest

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I liked them on FB

    PS Love that soup!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    This is seriously making my mouth water!! Looks great!

  • Paige

    This looks SO good.
    Also, I have been eyeing that PB Crave everytime I see it!!

  • MaryMoh

    I eat a lot of rice and your arborio dish with herbs definitely has my thumbs up. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at

  • Becky Forgiano

    Yummy!! The crock pot is such a great idea to use when it’s super hot out!

  • Cookie Sleuth

    What beautiful herbs! (And a lovely soup!)

  • Georgiana

    Beautiful photography – love the herbs! I like PB Crave on Facebook

  • Georgiana

    I like the homepage too – thanks so much as I’d love to try that Cookie Nookie and Razzle Dazzle!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I do miss all the herbs in my CSA since we’re not doing it this year… I love that you embrace soup year round!

  • Cathy

    I liked them on Facebook. I think I may look for this in stores, looks delicious!

  • Zoe

    Sad that I’m not qualify for this giveaway… These PB looks very yummy 🙁

  • camille

    Are you kidding me with that Cookie Nookie flavour? I need to introduce that to my face immediately. The others look good too, but… man.

    Liked on FB! And don’t be deceived by my .ca domain, you know I’m right here in Boston – I’m FROM Canada, but I am so eligible for this contest!

  • Colleen

    I love experimenting with different herbs in the summer. I have especially been enjoying fresh oregano lately!

  • Ranjani

    I actually just posted about soup too! I’m definitely glad the weather here hasn’t been too extreme and that soups are still a possiblity

  • Laurel C

    I like their homepage!

  • Laurel C

    I like them on Facebook!

  • Laurel C

    I follow on twitter!

  • Laurel C

    And I follow on Pinterest as well!

  • Jordan Dunne

    I already like PB Crave on facebook! I’ve been dying to get my hands on this stuff lol

  • Jordan Dunne

    I follow PB Crave on pinterest, too

  • Jordan Dunne

    I follow them on twitter (@j_mosh)

  • Jordan Dunne

    I like PB Crave’s page!

  • Kari

    This soup looks great – and it’s perfect for our cold winter weather!!

  • Choc Chip Uru

    This soup looks utterly perfect for the cold my friend, delicious 😀
    And loving the giveaway *drool* 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

  • RebeccaSubbiah RD

    great soup and I still need to try garlic scrapes 🙂

  • Madeline

    I like PB Crave on FB!

  • Madeline

    I also follow them on Twitter 🙂

  • Madeline

    And I follow them on Pinterest too!

  • Madeline

    I do like their homepage – I subscribed to their emails!

  • Bianca Garcia

    I love pasta all year round so that’s my summer warm food! Oh and I love peanut butter too, and hope I win! I just liked their Facebook page.

  • decocinasytacones

    I just had dinner with my cousins….and though I loved your arborio rice with veggies, what I´d really have now it´s the sweet part of this post…so thanks for sharing it with us!!!.

  • Justeen

    I liked their FB page!

  • Justeen

    I follow PB Crave on Pinterest!

  • Natalie O

    Followed them on Twitter!

  • Natalie O

    Followed them on Pinterest!

  • Yummychunklet

    What yummy, yummy soup!

  • Junia Kim

    gina, glad you are feeling better! just caught up on a month of your blog posts. i love your stories in each post. hehe. yay for new round of CSA!

  • Katie

    like their FB page!

  • katie

    like their home page!

  • Katie

    follow them on twitter!

  • Melinda

    I liked them on FB.

  • Melinda

    Followed them on twitter.

  • Marissa

    I’m so glad you posted this. We got a huge head of green cabbage in our CSA and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. Thank you!

    • Simply Life

      Oh GOOD! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • Holly Wasson

    I like their facebook page! The husband would be seriously over-the-moon for this right now!

  • Jeffrey Lammers

    I like them on Facebook

  • Jeffrey Lammers

    I follow them on Twitter

  • Jeffrey Lammers

    I follow them on Pinterest

  • Jeffrey Lammers

    I like their homepage

  • Shay

    I follow them on Twitter!

  • Shay

    I follow them on Pinterest!

  • Shay

    I follow them on Facebook!

  • kaceyt

    Oh, wow! I had no idea there was a peanut butter company out there like that! Looks fabulous! I liked their facebook page.

  • Kaceyjt

    Followed them on twitter!

  • Kaceyjt

    Followed them on pinterest!

  • Brittany

    To be fair, I wont enter the giveaway since I hosted one of my own..but I do want to comment and say I am jazzed you got to try some!!

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