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White Bean and Tomato Soup

March 2, 2015

This is my basic pantry soup, weekend soup and also if you are having guests arriving tomorrow.  I always have white beans (my favorite is cannellini) and diced tomatoes (both canned) in the house so I make this quick, healthy and comfort soup quite frequently. Add some fresh spinach or kale at the last minute for some variety.

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White Bean and Tomato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Lg. Carrot (chopped)
  • 1 Lg. Stalk of Celery (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 2 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Unsalted Butter
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (or more if you are feisty today)
  • 2 T. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 C. Boiling Water
  • 1-2″ piece of Parmesan Rind
  • 2 Cans Cannellini Beans (14.5 oz.) (or any other white bean)
  • 2 Leaves of Fresh Sage (may substitute with 1/4 t. dried sage)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil and butter on low and add the onion, carrot and celery and saute for about 5 min. until carrots are softened
  2. Add the garlic and saute for about 5 more minutes (do not let the garlic brown)
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for 5 more minutes
  4. Add the tomatoes and boiling water and bring to simmer
  5. Once simmering add the salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add the white beans, Parmesan rind and sage; cover and let simmer 15-20 minutes
  7. Serve immediately in warmed bowls.
  8. Garnish with grated Parmesan, fresh chopped chives (optional)

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Serves: 4

Recipe from: http://www.piccantedoce.blogspoot.com

Go see her recipe for White Beans if you are starting from scratch. Delicious!

 

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