Italian Bean Soup with Greens

Bring a touch of the Italian countryside to your dinner table with this flavorful veggie-packed soup. A hearty bowlful will warm up the coldest day!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 8

2
tablespoons olive oil
2
medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1
stalk celery, chopped (1/3 cup)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
cans (15 to 15.5 oz each) great northern or cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained, rinsed
1
can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, undrained
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
4
cups vegetable broth
4
cups packed fresh spinach leaves
1/2
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)

  • 1 In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, celery and garlic; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is tender.
  • 2 Stir in beans, tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and broth. Cover; simmer 30 to 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 3 Increase heat to medium; stir in spinach. Cover; cook 3 to 5 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Ladle soup into bowls; top each with cheese.

Expert Tips

Spinach will discolor if cooked in an aluminum saucepan and may also discolor the pan. For this recipe, use a Dutch oven that is made of stainless steel, is porcelain covered or made of other nonreactive material.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (About 1 1/3 Cups)
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
990mg
990%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
9g
9%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
15g
15%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%;
Vitamin C
20%;
Calcium
25%;
Iron
30%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.