Homemade Tuscan White Bean Soup

Ingredients :

  •  tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans of white beans (15 ounces each), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chopped kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish (optional)

Préparations :

Step 1: Sauté the Vegetables

  • Heat up the olive oil in a large pot over a medium flame.
  • Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until it turns translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic, diced carrots, and diced celery. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Step 2: Add Broth and Beans

  • Pour in the vegetable broth, followed by the drained and rinsed white beans and diced tomatoes (including their juice).
  • Stir in the dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, and bay leaf.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Simmer the Soup

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low.

  • Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for 20-25 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Step 4: Incorporate the Greens

  • Stir in the chopped kale or spinach and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until the greens are wilted and tender.

Step 5: Finish and Serve

  • Remove and discard the bay leaf.
  • If desired, stir in the lemon juice for a bright, fresh flavor.
  • Serve the soup hot, garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley if desired.

Tips for the Perfect Tuscan White Bean Soup:

  • Use fresh herbs when possible: Fresh thyme, rosemary, and oregano can enhance the flavor of the soup.
  • Try different greens: Swiss chard or collard greens can be great substitutes for kale or spinach.
  • Boost the protein: For a heartier soup, add cooked Italian sausage or shredded chicken.

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