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Bean and Vegetable Soup from Tuscany

This is a hearty, healthy soup which you will love if you like beans. We are using white beans and brown beans here. You can use any kind of beans actually, and you do not have to drain the cans first. Add the beans and also their liquid. We are also adding onion, carrot, celery and zucchini to the soup, along with sundried tomatoes, garlic and kale. Aromatic flavor comes from the rosemary and bay leaves. This soup is wonderful served with parmesan as well as some toasted crusty bread on the side.

This is a very easy soup to make. Once you have sautéed some of the vegetables, you can go ahead and add the other ingredients, then simmer everything gently. We are using kale in the soup but you can use Swiss chard instead if you prefer. Also you might like to tweak the vegetables used. Instead of the zucchini, for example, you might want to double the amount of celery, or else swap the carrot for broccoli, or leave out the sundried tomatoes. Any tweaks you wish to make are fine. Perhaps you want to use up some of those veggies in your salad drawer.

We are basing this soup on chicken broth. You can use homemade broth or reduced-sodium broth, as you prefer. Maybe you have some homemade chicken broth you would like to use. Whatever you decide, ensure you are using a good quality broth because otherwise it will let the flavor of the soup down. If the broth is salty, bear that in mind when adding your salt to taste. Too much salt in a soup recipe is never a good thing, and you do not want to overpower those delicate herb and vegetable flavors, or overwhelm the beans. Continue reading

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