"When I was a child, white beans were a staple at our table," says Gloria. "My husband, Bill, also loves to eat beans. "Our four children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild are not as fond of beans, but they still enjoy this tempting chili."
The home economists in our Test Kitchen simmered up this fresh-tasting meatless soup. Hearty with two kinds of beans, it makes a satisfying entree. Round out the meal with Walnut Zucchini Muffins or warm dinner rolls.
I turned to this hearty recipe after my husband had open-heart surgery. Filled with beans, veggies and chicken, it's chock full of fiber and lean protein to help fill us up. It makes a big batch so it's great to freeze for leftovers. —Elizabeth Wagner, Clio, Michigan
Packed with veggies, turkey, color and nutrition, this hearty soup will warm ’em up right down to their toes. For an extra-special touch, top with shredded Parmesan cheese. —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York
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.
A bowlful of this soup is so satisfying, it's hard to believe it's actually good for you, too. I crave it all the time. With lots of filling beans and potatoes, the recipe even hits the spot with meat lovers. —Kristina Krummel, Elkins, Arkansas
This meatless soup is great for a busy weeknight supper after I get home from my job as a college nursing professor. The soup provides plenty of nutrients to keep me healthy.—Brenda Jeffers, Ottumwa, Iowa