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Vegetable Bean Soup



Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, no salt

  • 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (15 oz) can low-sodium garbanzo beans, drained

  • 3/4 cup or (2oz) small whole wheat shell pasta

  • 1/2 (12 oz) package frozen mixed vegetables

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp Italian Herb Blend

  • 3/4 tsp salt (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil.

  2. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 10 to 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pasta is cooked through.

  3. Season with salt to taste, if desired.

  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutrition information per serving:

  • Calories: 316

  • Protein: 17g

  • Fat: 2g (6%)

  • Carbohydrates: 60g

  • Fiber: 12g

  • Sugar: 11g

  • Sodium: 700mg

Tips

  • For a thicker soup, you can mash some of the beans against the side of the pot with a spoon.

  • You can also add other vegetables to the soup, such as carrots, celery, zucchini, or potatoes.

  • If you don't have Italian Herb Blend, you can substitute 1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and basil.

  • To make the soup ahead of time, simply cook it according to the instructions and then let it cool completely. Store the soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you're ready to serve, reheat the soup on the stove over medium heat until warmed through.

Variations

  • For a spicy soup, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce.

  • For a creamier soup, add a splash of cream or milk before serving.

  • For a vegetarian or vegan soup, omit the cheese.

  • For a gluten-free soup, use gluten-free pasta.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve the soup with a side of crusty bread or crackers.

  • Top the soup with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh parsley.

  • Serve the soup with a side salad or fruit salad.

Health benefits of vegetable bean soup

Vegetable bean soup is a very healthy and nutritious meal. It is a good source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Beans are a good source of protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates. They are also low in fat and cholesterol. Eating beans regularly can help to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and help to maintain a healthy weight.

Vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Eating a variety of vegetables can help to improve overall health and well-being.


Conclusion

Vegetable bean soup is a delicious, nutritious, and affordable meal that is perfect for any occasion. It is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables and protein, and it is also very easy to make. So next time you're looking for a quick and easy meal, give this recipe a try!

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