White Bean Fennel Soup Recipe
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White Bean Fennel Soup Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups shredded fresh spinach

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup equals 152 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 976 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and fennel in oil until tender. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fennel is tender.
  2. Discard bay leaf. Add spinach; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as White Bean Fennel Soup in Light & Tasty February/March 2003, p12

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup equals 152 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 976 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

"Delicious!"

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Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"Perfect combination of ingredients. I used the veggie broth. For my second bowl :) I added a dash of sweet Thai Chili Sauce, and it was delicious, too. I will definitely make this soup again!"

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Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"I loved this recipe! I added garlic and bacon to the soup and served over pasta with some parm cheese. Easy to make and oh so tasty!"

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Reviewed Jun. 24, 2011

"I made this soup tonight, and was pleasantly pleased. I added a few carrots, 4 cloves garlic minced, 3 cups more broth, fresh herbs I'm growing, and 1/2 tsp salt, I used 3/4 c. orzo, and the soup was wonderful, and will make it many more times. served it with parmesan and garlic bread. thanks Donna for the wonderful recipe!"

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2011

"This is very good and the broth is surprisingly rich!"

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