Tuscan bean soup

By • December 14, 2009 • 5 Comments

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Author Notes: about 15 years ago my good friend Nina gave me this delicious and easy recipe. I vary it by adding tomatoes and pasta or kale or whatever else feels appealing at the moment. I use canned beans but you can certainly use dried beans, soaked overnight, if you prefer.sweet enough

Serves 4-6

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2-3 ribs celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloved garlic, minced
  • 2 15 1/2 oz cans cannellini beans (or great northern or navy)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves removed and finely minced
  • 4-5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  1. place the olive oil over a medium high heat in a soup pot and cook the onion until it starts to turn translucent. add the garlic, celery, and carrot and cook for another 2-3 minutes, taking care not to burn the garlic. add the beans, rosemary and the broth. bring to just the point of a boil and lower heat. simmer uncovered for about 45 minutes.
  2. puree about 3/4 or the mixture in a blender (make sure soup is cool enough to handle) or better yet use an immersion blender.
  3. serve with a drizzle of excellent olive oil and some grated parmigiano reggiano
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Tags: dairy-free, dinner for two, Easy, Italian, Vegetarian, wheat-free

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4 months ago Araceli

I'm actually making this right now, it's simmering as I type this. I'm working with what I have on hand, so I'm adding in green bell pepper, tomatoes, and some elbow pasta. Only thing I'm missing is the carrots, but I love how versatile this recipe is! I'll be putting it into regular rotation and experimenting with different add ins, thanks!


over 3 years ago mabcassidy

This is an easy base soup. To punch up the flavor I added a TBL organic tomato paste, some basil, parsley and red pepper flakes. Also added fresh spinach and zucchini. Now it is a nice summer soup.


over 3 years ago mlcooks

Made it tonight and it was FAB!


almost 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Yum. I make a very similar soup - I actually cooked up a big pot of it last night! Yours sounds great.


almost 5 years ago sweet enough

thanks -- I think everyone has their own version of this one. winter is soup time so I've been making a lot of it.