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White Bean Fennel Soup

Rated as 4.55 out of 5 Stars

"Even when the garden is snow-covered, its bounty crops up in the steaming bowls Donna Quinn passes around her Salem, Wisconsin table. 'This filling soup is a favorite with our family and is often requested for company dinners,' she reports. A hint of fennel accents the flavor or this quick-to-fix bean soup...and spinach and tomatoes add color."
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Ingredients

45 m servings
Original recipe yields 5 servings

Directions

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  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and fennel in oil until tender. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fennel is tender. Discard bay leaf. Add spinach; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.

Footnotes

  • Nutritional Analysis: One serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 152 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 976 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 very lean meat.

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Most helpful positive review

Super easy and delicious. I sauteed the onions with about 4 small cloves of garlic in some olive oil. I also threw in some finely chopped celery (about 2 of the tender stalks) I chopped the fe...

Most helpful critical review

Okay basic recipe, but a full can of diced tomatoes completely overwhelmed the other subtle flavors.

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Super easy and delicious. I sauteed the onions with about 4 small cloves of garlic in some olive oil. I also threw in some finely chopped celery (about 2 of the tender stalks) I chopped the fe...

I thought this was a good recipe which just needed a little tweaking. I added one minced clove of garlic with the onion and fennel, and used just 3 cups of homemade chicken broth instead of 5. ...

This soup was delicious. It was really easy, healthy, and had a great taste. I did not need as much broth as it called for, and I added a bit of garlic with the onion.

Delicious, easy to make soup! I bought fennel on a whim and needed to use it... this was one of few recipes I found where I had nearly all of the ingredients (I didn't have spinach). Probably ...

Very easy and tastes SO good. I love the addition of the fennel.

Great soup! A little bland so I added red pepper flakes and several minced garlic cloves which helped.

Good soup! Best when hot because the flavors come out then! I omitted the oil, and put the onion and fennel right in with the other ingredients. I used kale instead of spinach.

Okay basic recipe, but a full can of diced tomatoes completely overwhelmed the other subtle flavors.

Never had fennel before and this was my first recipe trying it and came out delicious!! Second helping for me!