Hearty, mouth loving, tummy warming, jam packed full of healing veggie power, Tuscan Vegetable Soup. This is exactly what I need this time of year. It's one of those recipes I wish I had simmering on the stove at all times, and am really not sure why I don't as it only takes 40 minutes to whip up. White kidney beans, sweet potato, tomato, kale, carrots and celery. Um, yes please! It's the perfect soup for combating flu season and cold winter nights, all while being incredibly scrumptious. Good bye evil colds, hello yum in my tum.
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Now on to the soup!
Start by peeling the carrot and sweet potato. Then chop them up along with the celery and onion. Finely mince the garlic and set aside. Drain and rinse the kidney beans and set them aside too.
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Sauté the carrot, sweet potato, celery, and onion, until they begin to soften, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and spices and cook for another 2 minutes until the spices are fragrant.
Add the broth and use your spoon to scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add in the tomatoes and beans. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
The soup is almost ready now. Just toss in the chopped kale and stir to incorporate. Cook until kale is wilted, about another 5 minutes. Serve hot with crusty bread.
Tuscan Vegetable Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ¼ teaspoon dried sage
- 1 qt. vegetable broth (4 cups)
- 28 oz cans white kidney beans (4 cups), drained and rinsed
- 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the carrots, sweet potato, onion, and celery. Sauté for about 10 minutes until the vegetables soften.
- Add the garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, basil, and sage and cook for about another 2 minutes until the spices become fragrant.
- Add the broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape all the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the beans, and tomatoes. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add the kale and stir to incorporate it, simmer for another 5 minutes until the kale wilts. Adjust seasoning as needed, then serve hot with some crusty bread. Yum!
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