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Kidney Bean Vegetable Soup Recipe

Kidney Bean Vegetable Soup Recipe

"My family loves this vegetable soup," pens Lillian Palko from her Napa, California home. Chock-full of kidney beans, celery, spinach, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes, the comforting broth is ideal to serve on cool autumn days with a loaf of crusty bread or warm biscuits.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium zucchini, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking barley
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the barley and vegetables are tender. Add the tomatoes; heat through. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 103 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 939 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"This has been a staple in our meal plan since we first got the recipe in 2002! It is very easy to make and easy to adapt to what you have on hand in the vegetable drawer. We almost always use baby carrots which cuts down chopping time, but I add more than the recipe calls for, as well as extra celery, garlic, onions, and spinach. (We like our soup with LOTS of veggies). Have never been able to find the quick-cooking barley, so I use the regular barley and cook everything longer - practically a foolproof recipe! All 3 kids love it, too, yum!"

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