Tuscan Bean Soup

Leftovers, I love them; but I know there are people out there, shockingly, who don’t like them. If you repurpose your leftovers into something new, they really aren’t leftovers, but a whole new meal that can be completed more quickly. When I make dinner, I always try to figure out what to do with the leftovers. Sometimes I plan meals based on what leftovers I can use.

This soup is a case where a side dish proves its versatility by turning into a main course. The Tuscan White Beans from Dario Ceccini’s recipe that were a great side dish are now being rebooted into a Tuscan bean soup. The beauty of this soup is that it is quick to prepare and doesn’t take long to cook because the beans are already cooked. It is a great mid-week dinner that can be pulled together quickly.

This soup is gluten-free and good for celiac diets. Substituting the chicken stock for vegetable stock makes this a very easy vegetarian meal. Sorry Paleo diet people, this one is not for you.

Looking for another use for your leftover Tuscan White Beans? Try the White Bean Dip.

Prep time: 5 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes; Serves: 8 – 10 Calories per serving (8/10 servings): 196/156

What you need:

  • 3 1/2 cups leftover Tuscan white beans (it’s okay if there is some leftover sage in this)
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 5 small cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 ribs celery, small dice
  • 2 carrots, small dice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (1/2 tbsp is not spicy, it does give a very slight zip to it)
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1- 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock for the vegan/vegetarian option)
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)

What you do:

  • In a 5 L Dutch oven, over medium-high heat, add the olive oil
  • Add the onions and garlic, stir for 2 minutes
Add onions and garlic
  • Add the carrots and celery, stir, cook until softened about 5 minutes
Add carrots and celery
  • Add the spices: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, rosemary and thyme – stir, cook for 1 minute
Add the spices: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, rosemary and thyme
Stir and cook for about 1 minute
  • Add the white beans, stir and mash with the back of the spoon (you will want to mash about 1/2 the beans)
Add the white beans, stir and mash with the back of the spoon
  • Add the diced tomatoes, stir
Add the diced tomatoes
  • Add the stock, stir
Add the stock
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low
Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes
  • Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes
  • Serve

  • Optional – serve with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Serve with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

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