Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Eating Whole Foods: Vegetable & Bean Soup

By: The Food Hunter

Soup is a favorite dish of mine, specially the one bowl will fill you kind. This Italian Bean Soup fits the bill. It's loaded with good for you vegetables, beans and farro making it a satisfying meal for either lunch or dinner. Though the soup doesn't take long to cook I would recommend making it ahead of time as it gets better the longer it sits.

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Vegetable & Bean Soup
(printable recipe)

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 celery ribs, sliced
8-10 ounces, chopped baby spinach
1 medium leek, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
1 cup farro
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 quarts of water
15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 large carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large heavy bottom pot. Add the celery, onion and leek and cook over moderately high heat, stirring a few times until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the grains are coated and shiny, 30 seconds.

Add 1 quart of the water and the beans and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add the carrots and the remaining quart of water. Cover and cook over low heat until the carrots are tender, 30 minutes. Add the spinach, cover and cook about 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.


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41 comments:

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  2. I love cream of broccoli soup the best.

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  3. I love soup of any variety. Soups that eat like a meal like this one are my favorite. Love the farro in there!

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  4. I could go for soup at least twice a day! And i could go for a bowl of this delicious vegetable bean soup now!

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  5. I love spicy chicken tortilla soup.

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  6. Hi! I spoke with Sharon Gitelle, from Culinary Network today and she mentioned your site and that you live in Phoenix like me! Love your healthy recipes, lets stay in touch ;)

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  7. I love one-pot meals like this soup. So hearty and filling and healthy with all of those veggies!

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  8. It's 9 degrees here this morning, which is way wrong for North Carolina. Soups like this are a good way to warm me up and I love them. As far as my favorite soup, I can't resist a good bowl of New England clam chowder.

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  9. OMGosh! Slurp that right up. What a beautiful soup.

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  10. I love potato soup with lots of veggies it.

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  11. Farro looks a lot like barley. I have to give it a try sometime. This soup looks very healthful.

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  12. This soup looks perfect! My favorite is just a clean out the fridge vegetable soup. Anything and everything goes!

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  13. My favorite is leek and onion soup.

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  14. I can never turn down a good bowl of soup, particularly one that involves farro!

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  15. This soup sounds fantastic! Cool giveaway, too. :)

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  16. Soup always hits the spot on cold winters day!

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  17. That's my favorite kind of soup, too - and this looks exactly like that. It's so packed with goodness, and I love farro!

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  18. This is one hearty looking soup! Love all those veggies....yum!

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  19. Love these types of soups in the winter - need to fuel up against the cold weather!

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  20. My dad makes a soup very similar but without the farro, great addition!

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  21. I've taken to anything squash in my soup lately, but in summer, I like cool fruit soups!

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  22. I like chili and chicken noodle soup. Veggie soup, french onion, and many more. I am a soup kind of guy.

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  23. I could literally eat soup every single day! Summer, Winter, it doesn't matter to me, I can eat it all year round! Yours looks so comforting and would be perfect for this weekend!

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  24. I love a lot of soups, but I would say my favorite is vegetable chili, mmmm.

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  25. I recently made a chicken and mushroom soup that was really good. So maybe that, or a sausage, white bean and kale soup. Yum.

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  26. My favorite soup is cream of pumpkin! Not exactly healthy, LOL!

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  27. I'm with you - I'm pretty sure I could eat soup every day. Love that you added farro to this!

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  28. My favorite soup is Navy Bean with ham.

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  29. Follow you on instagram as sandyheadtke

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  30. I love Wonton with lots of bok choy.

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  31. Homemade cream of broccoli soup using beef bone broth!

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  32. I love Beef Vegetable soup. Beans are great, too! I am going to try this recipe.

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