Sunday, October 18, 2009

CEiMB - Tuscan Vegetable Soup

In the south, we do not expect cold temperatures in October. It was so cold this weekend a snowman showed up on our front porch asking if he could sleep on our sofa! I'm a bit dramatic, but while I was shopping yesterday I truly needed a coat. It is good soup weather however!

Movie review - The Proposal - absolutely adorable. Another Sandra Bullock hit.

I'm a bit late with this post, and I changed the recipe a bit. I added hamburger to it, and also a few spiral noodles for substance. I left out the white beans and used limas. I did not precook the vegetables and I left out the spinach leaves.

If you need a bit of warming up this week, try a good bowl of this soup! Delicious. Use your witch's broom (you know you have one) and fly on over to Lobster and Fishsticks' post to see how hers cooked up. Thanks Pam for choosing this week's recipe.
Tuscan Vegetable Soup
courtesy of Ellie Krieger
1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
1 small zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans and the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired.


Audrey said...

Looks yummy! I like your additions...and speaking of snowmen, it's snowing here right now. Only a tiny bit...bu then again, it's only mid-October!

Anonymous said...

Sounds delicious. I like the Proposal. Cute movie and cute Ryan Reynolds.

Rent "Once" if you haven't seen it yet. Just saw it last week and it's now my fave movie. (I'm telling everyone. :P)

Pamela said...

Oh, your soup looks so yummy! I loved this one and have left overs in the freezer. It's still pretty cold here, so maybe I'll break this one out again tomorrow. Looking forward to that movie, too. I have it on reserve at the library!

Jen said...

Sounds good Peggy!! I was planning on making this soup but just have not gotten around to it. I do love soup on cold days!

AmyRuth said...

Love this photo.... did it taste good with the SP biscuits? I'm going to nab that recipe somehow.