White Bean Soup
This robust soup
is extra easy to prepare, thanks to the food processor. Bits of potato and pureed cannellini beans add creamy richness.
- 3 large cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 medium onion, quartered
- 2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 large baking potato (8 oz.), cut into ½-inch dice
- 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
- 2 19-oz. cans white kidney or cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- ¾ tsp. coarse salt
- ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
Meal plan: While the soup is cooking, toast a few slices of Italian bread in a 400F oven, then immediately rub warm slices with cut sides of garlic. Also toss up a simple salad of prewashed spinach, soy “bacon” bits and a low-fat balsamic dressing.
- In food processor, mince garlic. Add onion and pulse until finely chopped. Remove to plate. Add carrots to food processor and coarsely chop.
- In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion mixture and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
- Stir in diced potato and 1 1/2 cups broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until potato is tender, about 10 minutes.
- In food processor, puree half the beans, adding a little remaining broth to thin. Add bean puree, remaining whole beans and remaining 1 cup broth to potato mixture in saucepan. Stir well and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, salt and pepper and serve.