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Rating: 4.48 stars
88 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

This is all you need for a filling meal. This recipe is from the WEBB Cooks, articles and recipes by Robyn Webb, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association. Preparation time: 15 minutes.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the oil, onion and garlic and saute for 5 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and saute for 3 more minutes. Add the broth, tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the thyme, spinach and pasta. Simmer for 5 more minutes and pepper to taste.

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Nutrition Facts

174 calories; protein 8g; carbohydrates 29g; fat 3.1g; sodium 409.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2009
Soups in general, and Italian soups in particular, traditionally were made in the frugal "peasant" style, using odds and ends of what home cooks had at hand so as not to waste anything. This soup also lends itself to that tradition. I used this recipe as a starting point and got creative as I went along, using what I had at hand in the pantry and freezer. I made my own stock, using beef and chicken bones with good bits of meat attached, that I had collected in the freezer. I also browned up some Italian sausage, casings removed, before sauteeing onions, celery, the red bell pepper and garlic - the sausage added great flavor! I used tomatoes I had frozen from my garden, a good glug of red wine and added some chopped zucchini with the pasta. Rather than fresh thyme I threw in a good Tuscan seasoning blend, along with salt and pepper to taste. I used canned cannelini beans (white kidney beans) for the beans called for, adding them at the last with the fresh, chopped spinach. This soup was so delicious, so rich, hearty and satisfying, that I was sorry I was full because I wanted another bowl! The aroma alone is enough to make you salivate and after weeks of travel and eating restaurant food this was just the sort of home cooked comfort food I needed. In true Italian style, don't forget to serve with freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2011
This was okay but nothing stands out about it to make me want to make it again other than that it was quick to throw together. Read More
(2)
88 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2009
Soups in general, and Italian soups in particular, traditionally were made in the frugal "peasant" style, using odds and ends of what home cooks had at hand so as not to waste anything. This soup also lends itself to that tradition. I used this recipe as a starting point and got creative as I went along, using what I had at hand in the pantry and freezer. I made my own stock, using beef and chicken bones with good bits of meat attached, that I had collected in the freezer. I also browned up some Italian sausage, casings removed, before sauteeing onions, celery, the red bell pepper and garlic - the sausage added great flavor! I used tomatoes I had frozen from my garden, a good glug of red wine and added some chopped zucchini with the pasta. Rather than fresh thyme I threw in a good Tuscan seasoning blend, along with salt and pepper to taste. I used canned cannelini beans (white kidney beans) for the beans called for, adding them at the last with the fresh, chopped spinach. This soup was so delicious, so rich, hearty and satisfying, that I was sorry I was full because I wanted another bowl! The aroma alone is enough to make you salivate and after weeks of travel and eating restaurant food this was just the sort of home cooked comfort food I needed. In true Italian style, don't forget to serve with freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese! Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2003
Thanks Robyn for ANOTHER wonderful recipe! This was easy and VERY good! The flavor was wonderful and fresh! I did not want to play around with leftover bits of stuff in cans so I just threw them all in and it was wonderful! Used chopped frozen spinch that I defrosted! Thank for making my lifestyle change easier with your recipes Robyn! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2006
This recipe has become a staple for my lunches. I double the recipe and freeze individual portions to take to work for lunch everyday. It freezes well and tastes just as good when reheated. I ususally add alot more thyme then it calls for - usually 10-12 stripped sprigs. I find it adds a really nice flavour to the soup base. Also, I add the liquid from the canned tomatoes to thicken the broth and add some colour. I usually add equal parts of both red and green pepper, alot of garlic, and I use canned kidney beans instead of uncooked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2005
What a nice hearty soup. I did add full pkg's and cans of ingredients: 3 cans chix broth 1 can kidney beans 1 can diced tomatores 1 pkg of frozen spinach and 1 1/2c pasta. The soup was wonderful and the boyfriend who stopped by unexpectedly enjoyed it to! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2006
I am not normally a bean soup person my family is but not me. Well....this smelled and looked so good when I was makikng it that I had to try some. What a nice recipe! It is wonderful and healthy and great tasting. I cheated and used canned drained kidney beans but otherwise followed everything to a T! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2003
Very much like a minestrone. Very nice color presentation. I simmered a lot longer and think this will be even better tomorrow. Make sure you add some shredded parmesan on top and serve with a big crusty bread. Yum. Husband liked this so much he wants me to make it again for friends tomorrow night. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2004
I loved this soup. I agree with the author that this soup is all one needs for a filling (and healthy) meal. I did skip the spinach. Along with other ingredients already listed I actually added a few additional things to it to make it a little heartier. I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes to make preparation easier some green beans 3 cups of shell pasta (instead of 1) green pepper and green onion some diced chicken breast and italian seasoning. Instead of using the suggested canned chicken broth I used approximately 5 cups of chicken broth. I followed others' suggestions and simmered it for about 30-45 minutes. Even my husband who is not normally a big fan of soups thought this was a good recipe. This is an easy to follow recipe with simple ingredients and preparation and it's good for stretching the grocery budget a little farther. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
Added quite a bit more spinach than the recipe called for-tasted great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2011
So easy to make and so good. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect. Will make this over and over again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/12/2011
This was okay but nothing stands out about it to make me want to make it again other than that it was quick to throw together. Read More
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