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Tuscan White Bean Soup

This Tuscan white bean soup is made in one pot, ready in 30 minutes and perfect for meal prep! It's vegan, gluten free, full of protein and perfect with some rustic (gluten free!) bread for dipping.
5 from 10 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Claire Cary

Ingredients
 

  • 3 15 ounce cans cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 yellow onion (finely chopped )
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 1/3 cup white wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 2 cups chopped kale (stems removed, finely chopped)
  • 2 1/2 - 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (omit if you don't like spice)
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Instructions

  • Saute the finely chopped onion in a large pot or dutch oven with the oil.
  • Once it starts to brown slightly, add in the garlic, celery and carrot. Saute an additional 10 or so minutes to let the veggies soften and brown slightly. The browning helps add lots of flavor!
  • Add in the white wine and saute until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in all remaining ingredients except for the kale (see notes about the amount of broth since there is a range, but I recommend starting with 2 1/2 cups), and stir well.
  • Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Discard the bay leaves, then transfer about 2 1/2 - 3 cups worth of the soup to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Transfer back to the pot and stir well to combine. If it's too thick, add in more broth until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Add in the chopped kale and let simmer for a few minutes to allow the kale to wilt. Taste and adjust flavors as desired. I usually add a bit more salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Serve warm as is or with a hearty bread on the side. Enjoy!

Notes

There is quite a big range for the broth because it all depends on how thick you want the soup to be. If you want it more like a thicker stew, use 2-3 cups, but if you want more of a soup, use 3-4 cups. You can always add more if you want to thin it out, but I suggest starting on the lower end since it's much easier to thin out than it is to thicken up. For photo reference, I used 2 1/2 cups total. 
You can leave the wine out if you prefer, but I recommend it for the best flavor!

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 1g
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