Monday, January 5, 2015

Tuscan Bean Soup

This is adapted from Pinterest. Full of veggie goodness and hearty for a cold night. My sister in law passed it on to me. She added the potatoes and ground turkey, but you can omit the turkey for a vegetarian version!
2-3 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2-3 carrots, peeled and diced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
2 small zucchini, diced
1 yellow zucchini, diced
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp fresh rosemary roughly chopped or 1/2 tsp dried
1 qt broth
2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained (i like great northern)
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes, juice and all
2 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped
3 small potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 T sugar
1 T white wine vinegar
1 lb lean ground turkey, season with garlic salt, cook and drain, set aside

In dutch oven or large heavy pot, heat oil over med heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, zucchinis. Cook 8-10 mins.Add garlic and herbs, cook another minute. Add broth, tomatoes, and beans. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and add kale and potatoes. Cover and simmer 15 minutes till tender. Meanwhile you can cook your ground turkey and set aside till the end. At this point you can use a hand blender or regular one and blend partially leaving half unblended for texture. Add salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar. Add cooked turkey and heat through. Serve with shaved parmesan on top and some good crusty bread to dip!
*you may need more broth while potatoes cook, just eye ball it. I ended up using about another can's worth.

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