The "Three Sisters" is a traditional agricultural method from Native American cultures, where corn, beans, and squash are planted together, supporting each other's growth. This recipe honors that tradition, adding a modern touch with the use of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears of corn)
- 1 cup cooked white beans (cannellini or navy beans work well; if using canned, rinse and drain first)
- 1/4 cup vegetable broth
- 2 medium white squash (or substitute with zucchini), sliced into half-moons
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh scallions, chopped
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of EVOO over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onion, fresh corn kernels and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of EVOO. Once hot, add the white squash slices. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the slices are tender and have a slight golden color. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of EVOO. Add minced garlic and sauté for about a minute or until fragrant.
- Add the white beans to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and stir gently and warm the beans. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In a blender or food processor, combine the sautéed white squash, EVOO, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until the mixture starts to come together.
- With the blender or food processor running, slowly drizzle in the vegetable broth until you reach a creamy, smooth consistency. Adjust the consistency by adding more liquid if it's too thick.
- Return all the ingredients to the skillet. Mix gently to combine all ingredients. Allow all components to warm together for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat. Sprinkle with scallions and bacon over the top. Stir to combine.
- Transfer to a serving dish and enjoy warm. This dish pairs wonderfully with grilled fish or chicken.
Note: This recipe celebrates the flavors of the fresh ingredients, but you can always add additional herbs or spices to adjust it to your liking!