One of my hubby’s favorite soup’s is this yummy and hearty Tuscan Style Bean Soup, it is best to make this soup a day ahead to enhance the flavors. After a day spent ice fishing hubby will dive into this hearty bean deliciousness to shake off the cold. Since you make it a day ahead it’s quick to reheat in a pot on the stove (not in the microwave) and ready to eat when he arrives from the frozen tundra (wink). I know there are other versions of this tummy warmer that use kale. Hubby prefers spinach. I can’t eat this soup so I put all of the things he likes into one pot.
What You Need
1⁄4 Cup canola oil
1 Cup onion (chopped)
3 Garlic cloves (1 crushed 2 minced)
3 Carrots cleaned and peeled (chopped into small bite sized pieces)
3 Stalks celery cleaned and any loose string removed (chopped into small bite sized pieces)
1 Tsp. Italian seasoning
2 Bay leaves (dried)
3 Cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth)
1 Cup water
2 Cups petite diced tomatoes (canned and seasoned with basil, oregano and garlic) do not drain
2 Cups cannellini beans (canned with no seasoning) drained and divided
1 Cup spinach (frozen, thawed chopped)
1 Tbsp. salt (optional)
1 Tbsp. white pepper
Parmesan cheese (optional) for topping when served
4-5 Qt. or larger soup pot
5 Qt. refrigerator container with lid
Before you Start- mash a half cup of beans and set aside. Wrap spinach in a flour sack tea towel and twist to drain all of the water and set aside.
Let’s Make It!
In a soup pot over medium heat, add oil, onion, garlic, carrots, celery and Italian seasoning. Stir occasionally. Cook until the carrots can be cut with the side of a fork (about 10-15 minutes). Raise heat to medium high and add broth, water, tomatoes, bay leaves, beans and spinach. Bring to a boil. Add mashed beans and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and let simmer uncovered for 20 minutes add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool, pour into refrigerator container, cover and refrigerate for about 24 hours* ( do not put hot soup into the fridge).
*Katie’s Tid Bits– You can eat this soup the same day you make it. But, it’s like spaghetti, it always tastes best the next day. Serve with your favorite crusty bread, or garlic flavored croutons and topped with Parmesan cheese.
Will you try my tummy warming Tuscan Style Bean Soup?
I’ll see you tomorrow at the best darn blog party in blog land, TFT ( Thursday Favorite Things).