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Are you looking for a quick Italian Bean Soup recipe? We absolutely love this recipe for dinner on busy weeknights. If you know you’ll be very busy on a certain night, you can easily make this soup ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Then, you can heat it up right before you need it. Or, you can toss everything in the slow cooker on high for about eight hours and it will be ready when you need it.
Quick Italian Bean Soup
You can serve this soup as the entire meal. Or, you can add a side salad and homemade bread or baking powder biscuits to help fill people up. My husband loves having bread or some sort of starch with each meal. If you want to keep it easy, add pasta to the soup about 30 minutes before you need to have it ready. Just make sure that you add a bit more liquid to the recipe if you do. You may want to try my Ratatouille Vegetable Stew in the slow cooker for a quick slow cooker meal.
Are you looking for a quick Italian Bean Soup recipe? We absolutely love this recipe for dinner on busy weeknights.
20 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
5 based on 1 review(s)
- 1 can Great Northern or other white beans
- 2 - 3 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
- 1 fennel bulb, sliced (I'll leave this out since I have no fennel now)
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 - 3 carrots, peeled and sliced thinly on the diagonal
- 1 cup of chopped leeks or scallions
- 1 cup of leftover chicken breast or other meat
- 3 Tblsp olive oil or other vegetable oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp dried basil OR 1 Tblsp fresh minced
- 1 tsp dried marjoram OR 1 Tblsp fresh minced
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme, OR several fresh sprigs
- 1/2 tsp dried ground fennel, or celery seed
- 1 tiny pinch cayenne
- 6 cups boiling water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- Heat the oil in an 8 - 10 quart pan
- Prep the veggies
- Add the garlic to the oil
- Add the veggies and saute 5 minutes on med/high heat
- Add the herbs and spices, saute briefly.
- Drain and rinse the beans, then add to veggies.
- Add the boiling water, simmer 1/2 hour or until veggies are very tender.
- Remove about 1 quart veg (except carrots) with broth, and puree in a blender. Or use a food processor, food mill, blender stick, stiff whisk, or potato masher.
- Pour the puree back into soup
- Add the cooked chicken breast.
- Add salt and pepper, adjust seasonings to taste
I used chicken in this recipe the last time I made it because that’s what we hand on hand. But, you can easily leave out the meat entirely if you want to and make a vegetarian bean soup. Or, you can add leftover meatballs, sausage, beef, or pork. I like to think of soup as a great frugal meal alternative because it gives me the opportunity to use up leftovers that might otherwise go to waste. It’s also a great place to hide extra vegetables that the kids don’t particularly like eating – like lima beans and zucchini.
If you enjoy a Tuscan bean soup, toss in a few handfuls of escraole and a rind of aged Parmesan cheese. I really enjoy that but my husband is not a fan of escarole so we usually make this variety instead. Here are 15 more homemade soup recipes to try this week. Or, check out the video above for another recipe.
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