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Creamy Italian White Bean Soup Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Helen Pollio
Added: Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic gloves, minced
2 cans (15 1/2 to 19 ounces each) white kidney beans(canellini), rinsed and drained
1 can (13 3/4 to 14 1/2 ounces) chicken broth
1/4 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. dried thyme
1 bunch (10 to 12 ounces) baby spinach
1 tbsp. freezly squeezed lemon juice
freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:
Directions:
In 3 quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and celery and cook for 5 to 8 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring. Add beans, chicken broth, pepper, thyme and 2 cups water. Heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

With slotted spoon remove 2 cups bean and vegetable mixture from soup and set aside. If you prefer a thicker soup do not remove any and just add extra cans of beans at the end. In blender on low speed with center part of cover removed to allow heat to escape, blend remaining soup in small batches until smooth.

Return soup to saucepan; stir in reserved beans and vegetables. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach and cook for few minutes until wilted. Stir in lemon juice and remove from heat. Serve with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Makes about 4 main dish servings.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I usually double recipe because it freezes well. I also add 2 or 3 extra cans of beans that I set aside and don't blend in. If you have a stick blender it makes the preparation so much easier. You can blend the soup right in the pan rather than in small batches in the blender which can get a little messy. Served with nice Italian bread this makes a great meal on a cold winter's night! This is Jessie's favorite soup.

 

 

 

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