Simple and basic Italian bean soup. Great for a quick fix during the week. My Italian mother-in-law rattled this one out to me over the phone years ago. So glad I wrote it down quick! She doesn't remember telling me. The kids love it for a simple and quick dinner.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes; add garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.

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  • Pour tomato sauce into the pot; stir. Add cannelini beans, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the beans are hot, 5 to 7 minutes more.

Tips

Cook's Notes:

You can add orzo, cut spaghetti, or grated cheese. It's also good with just some saltine crackers.

Garbanzo beans work just as well as cannellini in this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

210 calories; protein 8.9g; carbohydrates 34.6g; fat 4.3g; sodium 997.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2015
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of how the finished product would taste because of so few ingredients but it turned out great! The only issue I have is the stated amounts for the tomato sauce and the beans are a little odd. 2 cups of sauce is slightly more than what comes in a standard can of tomato sauce so I added in some water to make up the difference. My bigger issue was the 24 oz of prepared beans. A standard can of beans is 15oz and if you drain and rinse them they are about 8oz. So are we to measure 1.5 cans undrained? Or 3 cans drained? Since the recipe was a little vague I just threw in 2 cans of rinsed beans and that seemed to be a good consistency. Instead of using 1 tbsp of basil (because this seemed like a lot to me) I used 1 tsp. This was really tasty with freshly grated parmesan on top. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2015
My husband liked it so all was not lost but this "soup" which is more like a tomato-based bean stew (and a plain one at that) called for entirely too much onion and was just boring to me. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2015
I have to admit I was a little skeptical of how the finished product would taste because of so few ingredients but it turned out great! The only issue I have is the stated amounts for the tomato sauce and the beans are a little odd. 2 cups of sauce is slightly more than what comes in a standard can of tomato sauce so I added in some water to make up the difference. My bigger issue was the 24 oz of prepared beans. A standard can of beans is 15oz and if you drain and rinse them they are about 8oz. So are we to measure 1.5 cans undrained? Or 3 cans drained? Since the recipe was a little vague I just threw in 2 cans of rinsed beans and that seemed to be a good consistency. Instead of using 1 tbsp of basil (because this seemed like a lot to me) I used 1 tsp. This was really tasty with freshly grated parmesan on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2015
Simply quick and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/29/2015
My husband liked it so all was not lost but this "soup" which is more like a tomato-based bean stew (and a plain one at that) called for entirely too much onion and was just boring to me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2018
Simple food but delicious. Doing it again today Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2018
Great soup for a quick meal. I added grated Parmesan and Romano cheese and it was a really good complement to the tomato flavor. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/13/2019
I made this exactly as written. I let it simmer a couple minutes longer on the stove. It was filling and quick. I tasted it before sitting down and decided it needed some parmesan cheese on it. That help a lot but not enough to want to make it again. Ya'll enjoy! I'm moving on to somethin else. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2020
Simple but delicious. Easy to throw together in a pinch. My only complaint is that it's a bit too thick but that's easy to fix. I did make a few changes though: I added some mild italian sausage about halfway between adding the onion and adding the garlic. Some other people have said already another change I made which was adding a bit of water to the can of tomato sauce to get it to 2 cups. It doesn't mess with the flavor and it helps to thin the soup just a tad. Finally I used dried Herbs de Provence instead of the basil since it's a bit too strong for me and I just love Herbs de Provence. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2018
Delicious and quick healthy meal.. Very simple and would cost so much more if you purchased it and it took a total of 30 minutes to make. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2020
I made the soup with pinto beans and It tasted sooo good. the basil made it taste...ITAILAN!!! Read More
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