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Vegetable Bean Soup

 Vegetable Bean Soup
This soup is packed with nutritious vegetable and beans and has a unique robust flavor. It's no wonder this is a family favorite.—Laura Letobar, Livonia, Michigan
14 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 6 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Directions

  • In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute the onion,
  • carrots and celery over medium heat until vegetables are tender,
  • about 8 minutes. Stir in the water, bouillon, tomatoes, beans,
  • barley, garlic powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add spinach; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the
  • vegetables are tender. Yield: 14 servings.
Nutritional Facts:Diabetic Exchanges: One serving equals 1 starch, 1 vegetable; also, 113 calories, 442 mg sodium, 0 cholesterol, 23 gm carbohydrate, 6 gm protein, 1 gm fat.