Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

Dreaming of Tuscany? Indulge the dream a bit with this high fiber, Italian soup!

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Serves: 6 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Extra Time: 1 hr
(for pre-cooking beans, if necessary)

Yield: 6 x 2 cup servings

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Ingredients Convert to Imperial

  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 3/4 tsp dried rosemary leaves (3/4 - 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cans (14˝ oz each) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (17 oz) baby lima beans or 1˝ cooked dry-packaged baby lima beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo or 1˝ cups cooked dry-packaged garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) red beans or 1˝ cups cooked dry-packaged red beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked regular or quick-cooking barley
  • 1 large russet potato (burbank), unpeeled, cut into ˝-inch pieces
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup packed sliced spinach leaves

Directions:

Sauté onions, celery and garlic in oil in large saucepan 2 to 3 minutes; stir in flour, herbs and pepper and sauté until onions are tender, 2 to 3 minutes longer.

Add chicken broth, beans and tomato paste to saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes, adding barley, potato, carrots and spinach during last 10 minutes of cooking time. Discard bay leaves.

Variations:

Although this recipe calls for a specific variety, any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily substituted for another.

Sodium can be lowered by using cooked dry-packaged beans, vs. canned in brine.

For vegetarian soup, replace chicken broth with vegetable broth.

Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Thanks to American Dry Bean Board