Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuscan Bean Soup

For a number of years I worked in a nursery school and day camp. I recently left there to take some time off and the good thing is we are eating so much better. It was very tiring to come home after a day with two and three year olds, I'd need a very long nap! The cooking suffered somewhat because by dinner time nothing was prepared and I'd end up calling for takeout! A lot. but this past week, I'm no longer working and I'm getting a lot done, we're actually eating a lot healthier, although I still don't manage to get dinner on the table earlier than 7:15pm! Oh well, at least I'm cooking and I don't have to dial for dinner! but I still procrastinate and the soup that was supposed to be last night's dinner was made this afternoon, for tonight's dinner!

It's chilly here still, not freezing this week, and soup is always good and filling! I made a big pot of Tuscan Bean soup that went over well with Miss Picky and the big kid! Not always easy to get everyone to agree on something around here. They all agree on this one!

Tuscan Bean Soup
Source: Better Homes and Gardens
Printable Recipe

1 cup peeled carrots, coarsely chopped (I used shredded carrots from a bag)
1 small onion, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 15-oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (I used 3 cans)
1 32-oz. box reduced-sodium chicken broth or stock
2 to 3 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning; crushed (I used dried oregano, about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 5-oz. pkg. baby spinach
freshly cracked black pepper
*Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional) I used a handful to sprinkle on the soup!
*I also added two stalks celery and discarded them when serving!

In 4-quart Dutch oven or soup pot, cook and stir carrots and onion in 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat 3 minutes.

Add beans, broth, and seasoning. Bring to boiling; slightly mash beans.

Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or more, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in large skillet heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach; toss with tongs 1 to 2 minutes, just until wilted. Remove from heat. (**I omitted this step, and just threw the baby spinach in the soup pot when the soup was ready and stirred it in!**)

Ladle soup; top with spinach, sprinkle with pepper. Serve with crusty bread.


  1. looks good for a cold day, good the weather is improving and you are not getting frozen

  2. I made bean soup yesterday too, while Mack was here :) Our recipes sound very similar except I used dry navy beans that I had soaked overnight.

  3. It's so great that your "Ms. Picky" will eat soup --my Ms Picky (who is now 28) never liked soup as a child and is still that way..lol

    Meanwhile I could live on soup and this is a good one! Beans are very filling and satisfying.

  4. This actually looks very good to me!! I'm not one much for beans but I do believe I may like this... I will let you know!

  5. I love all kinds of bean soup and Tuscan bean is one of my favorites. It's not complicated and forgiving if you don't follow the recipe exactly. Yours looks very tasty ... perfect for winter.

  6. I just happened upon your blog. Love it... love it!!!

  7. Carol, this dish is such an inspiration for our cold weather here. I am making this right now and its still simmering. I used whatever I have in the cupboard. I will come back and let you know.

  8. Mmm Yum! This would be a great one to have on a rainy day like this. :)

  9. Thank you so much for all the nice comments :)

  10. It looks very healthy!
    Hope you are enjoying your time off!

  11. Your soup looks so good! Nothing beats a bowl of warm homemade soup on a chilly day!


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