Vegetarian bean soup with greens
Preparation time: 1 hr and 30 min
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, sliced (1 cup)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 stalk celery, chopped (1/3 cup)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cans (15 to 15.5 oz each) great northern or cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups vegetable broth
4 cups packed fresh spinach leaves
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
1. In 5-quart Dutch oven or saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, celery and garlic; cook about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is tender.
2. Stir in beans, tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and broth. Cover; simmer 30 to 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
3. Increase heat to medium; stir in spinach. Cover; cook 3 to 5 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.