Super-Tuscan White Bean Soup

Progresso® chicken broth and cannellini beans. You can create an authentic, rich Italian soup in less than an hour.

  • Prep Time 55 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

4
slices bacon, finely chopped
1
medium yellow onion, quartered lengthwise
1
medium stalk celery, quartered crosswise
1
medium carrot, quartered crosswise
2
cloves garlic, lightly crushed
3
cans (19 oz each) Progresso™ cannellini beans, drained
1
dried bay leaf
1/2
cup white wine
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ reduced-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/4
to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4
cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, sliced
1/2
teaspoon gray sea salt
1/8
teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1 In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook bacon, onion, celery, carrot and 2 cloves garlic over medium-high heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Add beans, bay leaf, wine and broth; cover and cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat; cool about 15 minutes.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon chopped garlic; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic begins to brown. Stir in red pepper flakes; cook a few seconds. Stir in basil; cook until basil wilts.
  • 3 Remove bay leaf from bean mixture. Pour mixture into food processor; cover and puree. Return to saucepan; stir in salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly heated.
  • 4 Ladle soup into individual soup bowls. Top each with basil mixture.

Expert Tips

Serve soup with crusty bread and a mixed green salad.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
(
Calories from Fat
70),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
8%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
1320mg
1320%;
Total Carbohydrate
55g
55%
(Dietary Fiber
13g
13%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
24g
24%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
20%;
Iron
45%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.