Prep Time: 45 min Total Time: 45 min Servings: 6
Tuscans are affectionately known as ‘bean eaters’ because of their love of beans, which is an absolute essential staple of the Tuscan table.
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In 5-quart stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until tender and translucent. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer, stirring frequently.
Add thyme, rosemary and 3 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Heat to boiling. Add macaroni; boil 5 to 7 minutes or until macaroni is almost tender but retains a bit of bite.
In blender, blend remaining 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1 can of the beans and the tomatoes. Blend until smooth. Add mixture to stockpot along with remaining can of beans and the sausage. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors and heat through.
To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Top each serving with remaining ingredients.
Freezer Directions: Make as directed through step 3, but do not simmer 10 minutes to heat through. Ladle soup mixture into quart-size re-sealable plastic freezer bags; let out any excess air, and seal. Place bags flat in freezer. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in refrigerator. Place in 5-quart stockpot, and reheat over medium heat until heated through.
This classic Italian soup comes together quickly and is hearty enough that even meat eaters will be satisfied! Pureeing a portion of the beans gives the soup creamy texture without added fat or calories.
1 Serving: Calories 360 (Calories from Fat 90), Total Fat 10g; (Saturated Fat 3g; Trans Fat 0g;), Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 1240mg; Total Carbohydrate 48g; (Dietary Fiber 8g; Sugars 2g;), Protein 17g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8%; Iron 20%
Exchanges: 2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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