My sister made me this delicious Tomato Bean Soup last week which was worth the share. It is a great source of protein from all the beans and it was extremely tasty !!
First let me start off by saying that I have such a great sister who happens to love to cook when she has the time. Last week when I was complaining about eating the pureed foods she decided to make me this soup. While it was not pureed when I ate it – it could have been if I wanted it to be. I decided to eat it as is because all the ingredients in it were cooked to where they were extremely soft.
Here is what she used to make this Soup:
- 1 Large Onion – Chopped
- 1 Large Carrot – Chopped
- 1 Celery Rib – Chopped
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 3 Garlic Cloves – Minced
- 4 Cups of Chicken Broth (you can also use vegetable broth)
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 2 Cans Kidney Beans or Cannellini Beans (my sister used one of each)
- 1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
- 3 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
NOTE: You can add in an additional can of beans to this – which is what we will do next time we make it. Hey the more protein per serving the better right? If you are at the point where you can tolerate Pasta – you can also add some in to the soup as well – 3/4 Cup uncooked pasta would be enough. I also think it would be tasty with some cooked ground turkey too – so many options !!!
In a large pot saute up your Onion, Carrot and Celery in the Olive Oil until tender. Add in Garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Next add in the Broth, Sugar, Italian Seasoning and Red Pepper Flakes. (if adding Pasta add it in now as well). Then add in the Crushed Tomatoes and canned Beans. Bring to a boil and then let simmer uncovered until the beans and vegetables get to your desired likeness. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
My sister cooked the soup till all the veggies got very soft and the Cannellini Beans broke down a bit and made the soup thicker.
I do not know the exact nutritional info for this – that will all depend on how many cans of beans you use etc.. BUT I do know that it is no less than 10+ grams protein per serving (about 1 Cup).
P.S. – YES that is a Baby Spoon in the bowl – I use the Nuby Baby Spoons when I eat – it helps me from putting too much in my mouth at a time.