Recipe by Chicagoland Chef du Jour
A meal both filling and fulfilling! The flavors are great. This comes together so fast. It can be made ahead, just add the spinach 3 minutes before serving, enjoy!
Top Review by hvyrescue23
The recipe for this was very good in it being an Italian Tuscan vegetable soup I added a few other things to the recipe. I added Italian seasoning along with meatballs. In eating our first helping I thought you could also add small baby potatoes and corn to add more vegetables to this recipe. Anyway you look at it this recipe it leaves a lot of thought of what you can do to spice it up.
- 15 ounces cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, I used navy bean
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1⁄2 large onion, diced, about 1 cup
- 2 carrots, diced, about 1/2 cup
- 2 stalks celery, diced, about 1/2 cup
- 1 small zucchini, peeled, diced, about 1 1/2 cups
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leave, chopped, substitute 1 teaspoon dried
- 2 teaspoons fresh sage leaves, chopped, substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth, substitute vegetable broth
- 14 1⁄2 ounces diced tomatoes, can
- 2 ounces baby spinach leaves, chopped can use chopped kale (2 cups lightly packed)
- 1⁄3 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans and the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
- Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.