French White Bean Soup
Serve plain or with a garlic and cheese pesto, (recipe included).
- Ready In:
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup fennel or 1 cup celery, finely chopped
- 1 cup peeled and diced carrot
- salt and pepper
- 1 (14 ounce) can low-sodium tomatoes, pureed ed with their juice
- 2 1⁄2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
- 1 (9 ounce) can cannellini, drained and rinsed
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat.
- Add the onion, fennel, carrots, salt and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, stock, basil, and fennel seeds and bring to a boil. Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add the cannellini and simmer 3 minutes longer until heated through.
- Meanwhile, if using the pesto, combine the garlic, basil, parsley, cheese, and oil in a small bowl and with the back of a spoon, mash the mixture into a paste.
- Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each one with a dollop of the pesto.
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