Quick White Bean Soup

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This hearty soup banishes cold-weather chills. Feel free to substitute canned white beans for the dried ones.

  • SERVINGServings

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove chopped garlic
  • 3 cups cooked white navy or cannellini beans
  • 6 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary

Preparation

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add celery, onion, carrot and garlic, and cook until they are softened.

2. Purée half the white beans with vegetable stock and remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes to vegetables, and heat through.

3. Pour 1 cup of white bean purée into a soup bowl. Spoon 2 tablespoons of vegetables into center of bowl. Spoon 2 tablespoons of remaining white beans over vegetables. Repeat until all ingredients are used up. Garnish each bowl with rosemary sprig. Serve soup hot.

Wine Suggestions

A roaring fire and a big glass of robust, slightly peppery California zinfandel, such as a Frey or Murphy-Goode, is the best way to enjoy this hearty winter dish. If you’re not up for such a heavy red wine, a Pinot Noir is another excellent option. Try a Columbia Valley Canoe Ridge Estate Pinot Noir, filled with flavors of black cherry and blueberry, which is equally satisfying.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: SERVES 6 TO 8
  • Calories: 280
  • Carbohydrate Content: 25 g
  • Fat Content: 17 g
  • Fiber Content: 5 g
  • Protein Content: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 640 mg
  • Sugar Content: 4 g