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Vegetarian Tuscan Bean Soup – Geek Turned Athlete

Vegetarian Tuscan Bean Soup

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It’s Foodie Friday, and you know what that means! A fabulous recipe!

Tonight, I was in the mood for something comforting and filling. Of course, it also had to be hearty if my husband was going to eat it and not complain that he was hungry an hour later. Oh, and I also had to make sure he didn’t notice it was meatless. Truth be told, I was too lazy to go to the store to get any to cook just for him. I think I succeeded.

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Vegetarian Tuscan Bean Soup

Makes a butt load of soup!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (You could totally use fresh beans for this recipe too)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling on bread
  • 6 cups vegetable broth, plus more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary (Fresh herbs if you want here. ;) )
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 4-5 cups kale, stems removed and cut into bite size pieces
  • leftover pizza dough
  • Italian seasoning
  • chopped parsley and basil
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated, for serving

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Directions

Grab a big pot, and put it on medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the onion, celery, carrot, salt, and pepper, and garlic, and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add to the vegetable mixture: diced tomatoes, all the beans, veggie broth, rosemary, oregano, bay leaf, chili flakes, thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Add kale and cook for 10 minutes more.

While the soup is simmering away, throw your leftover pizza dough in the oven formed in the shape of a thick square. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, just a little red pepper flakes, olive oil, salt and pepper before baking according to the instructions that came with it.

When soup is done, top with fresh basil and parsley. Stop there if you are vegan. If you aren’t, add some parmesan cheese to the soup.

Serve with your Italian bread.

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My husband adored this soup, and literally ate 3 bowls of it and complained there wasn’t enough bread. There was no mention about the fact that there was no meat. Yay!

This soup is really easy to make. The fresh herbs and the red pepper really make this dish. Enjoy this meal with your family/ roommates/ yourself! This does make a butt load of soup, so I totally suggest freezing the leftovers.

I don’t buy canned soups. Why? Because they taste nothing like I can make at home. Whenever I make soup, I make a huge amount, then just freeze the leftovers right away in little tupperware containers that have enough room for 3-4 servings. If I’m too lazy to make dinner or lunch, I have a healthy homemade meal when i want that way!

Tomorrow is my 1 year blogging anniversary! I will have a special post going up this weekend!

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather August 21, 2010, 8:27 am

    I bet my husband woundn’t complain about no meat in this soup too! It looks nice and filling from the beans and fresh from the veggies :)

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  • Matt August 21, 2010, 9:22 am

    That kind of reminds me of minestrone which is my favorite soup ;)

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  • Heather (Where's the Beach) August 21, 2010, 9:30 am

    Hey girl – happy 1 year blog anniversary! That soup looks fantastic. Can’t wait for it to cool down enough for soup. How far are you from Seattle by the way? Going to be that way late Oct or early Nov.

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    • Nicole August 23, 2010, 10:34 am

      I’m about 3 1/2 hours away. Email me, and let me know when you will be up there, and maybe we can plan a bloggy lunch/dinner. ;)

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  • Sana August 21, 2010, 11:59 am

    oh my goodness! Happy 1 years! I think a lot of blogs are turning a year old. Mine is sometime this week- Our babies are growing up!

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  • Tea August 21, 2010, 12:33 pm

    WOW. That looks scrumptuous!

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  • Erica August 21, 2010, 12:42 pm

    aww Happy almost blog birthday! THe soup looks INCREDIBLE. I agree- nothing that comes in a can tastes like homemade soup.

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  • Melodie August 22, 2010, 4:17 am

    So glad I found your blog… I was reading a comment on another blog and read your comment about how hard it is to be a vegan and gluten free… and I thought… Yay! A healthy living gluten free blogger! I have been living gluten free for about 6 months now and finding things to eat has been difficult :) Very excited to look through your recipes!

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    • Nicole August 22, 2010, 9:27 am

      Oh yay! Most of my recipes are pre glue intolerance diagnosis. I’m slowly building it up. :)

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  • Faith August 22, 2010, 9:22 am

    I bet my hubby (who is a serious meat-lover!) would be ok with no meat in this beautiful soup too! I love all the fresh herbs in there!

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  • Angela (the diet book junkie) August 22, 2010, 4:42 pm

    i’m so glad i found your site – that soup looks gorgeous! i’ve been wanting to incorporate more beans into my diet (NEED the protein) but i’m not much of a cook. this looks totally do-able though, thanks for sharing :)

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  • Alexa@Living La Vida Pura August 22, 2010, 11:21 pm

    I love recipes so delicious that people don’t even notice that they’re vegetarian! Although if you wanted to break edge, you could add some bacon…

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    • Nicole August 23, 2010, 10:36 am

      I’m sure my husband would have loved that! Maybe some pancetta? :)

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  • Run The Line August 23, 2010, 6:45 am

    Hi There

    I came across your blog whilst surfing for running blogs and though that you might be interested in a new blog directory that I have set up.

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  • Abby August 23, 2010, 10:34 am

    wow. that. looks. amazing.

    I can’t wait to make it!

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  • Caitlin August 23, 2010, 11:53 am

    I will definitely be passing this along to my Mum! She is the cook of the house and as soon as it’s sub-100 degrees you can bet this will be gracing our table!

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    • Nicole August 23, 2010, 12:16 pm

      Love how you typed, “Mum.” haha.

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