EASY TUSCAN BEAN SOUP




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This easy Tuscan bean soup is the perfect meal for stormy weather and busy weeknights!
Sooo I’m cheating a little bit on this recipe, guys.
In this week’s edition of 30 Minute Mondays I’m sharing my recipe for Easy Tuscan Bean Soup with you. It is savory, hearty, filling, yet oddly devoid of guilt-inducing ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow summer squash, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 quart vegetable (or chicken) broth
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juices
  • 3 cups chopped kale, ribs removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 6 quart or larger Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, zucchini, and squash. Saute for 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme and rosemary. Cook 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the broth, beans, and tomatoes. Bring the contents to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and add the chopped kale. Cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender* to partially puree the soup, leaving some chunks of beans vegetables for texture.
  5. Add the salt, pepper, sugar, and vinegar. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan or Dubliner cheese and a side of crusty bread.
Notes
*Alternatively, transfer small amounts to a counter top blender and puree as desired.

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