Soup, Stew and Chili: Warm Soup, Stew and Chili: Tuscan Bean Soup

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

Author: American Dry Bean Board
Date: January 17, 2006

Serves: 6 person(s)
Yield: 6 x 2 cup servings

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

Ingredients:

    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.

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Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:335 cals
Kilojoules:1,402 kJ
Fat:4.5 g
Carbohydrates:60.0 g
Protein:15.0 g
Cholesterol:0.0 mg
Sodium:500 mg
Saturated Fat:0.6 g
Fiber:14.6 g
Calcium:83.0 mg
Total Sugars:5.0 g

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