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White Bean, Escarole, And Tomato Soup

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Ingredients
  Dried white beans/2 cups canned white beans, drained and rinsed 1 Cup (16 tbs), picked over, rinsed, and soaked overnight
  Water 9 Cup (144 tbs)
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Spanish onion 1 Medium, peeled and diced
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), peeled and chopped fine
  Carrots 2 Medium, scrubbed and diced
  Celery ribs 2 , diced
  Fennel seed 1 Teaspoon, lightly crushed
  Fennel bulb 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced (Include Some Of The Leaves)
  Salt To Taste
  Canned crushed tomatoes 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Bean cooking water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Escarole 3 Cup (48 tbs), roughly chopped, washed, and drained (Fresh)
  Fresh herbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Of Your Choice)
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In a Dutch oven, place the dried beans.
2) Cover the oven with 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil.
3) Then, reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, until the beans are tender.
4) Drain the beans and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. Keep the beans aside.

MAKING
5) In the Dutch oven, add olive oil and heat over low heat.
6) To the hot oil, add the onion, and saute it until it is tender.
7) Add the garlic, and saute for a while.
8) Gradually add the carrots, celery, fennel seed, diced fennel, and a pinch of salt.
9) Cover the oven. Over medium heat, steam-saute the ingredients for 6 minutes, stirring often.
10) To this, add the tomatoes, reserved bean water, reserved beans, and the remaining water.
11) Bring the soup to a boil.
12) Reduce the heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft.
13) Now, add the escarole, and simmer for 5 minutes longer.

SERVING
14) Before serving, add the fresh herbs, if desired. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot..

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Bean
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
45 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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Hedmeister's picture
Mom, check it out!