Basic Italian Bean Soup

Basic Italian Bean Soup

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"Simple and basic Italian bean soup. Great for a quick fix during the week. My Italian mother-in-law rattled this one out to me over the phone years ago. So glad I wrote it down quick! She doesn't remember telling me. The kids love it for a simple and quick dinner."
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25 m servings 210 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 210 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 4.3 g
  • 7%
  • Carbs:
  • 34.6g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 8.9 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 997 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Heat olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until tender, about 5 minutes; add garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  2. Pour tomato sauce into the pot; stir. Add cannelini beans, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the beans are hot, 5 to 7 minutes more.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can add orzo, cut spaghetti, or grated cheese. It's also good with just some saltine crackers.
  • Garbanzo beans work just as well as cannellini in this recipe.


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I have to admit I was a little skeptical of how the finished product would taste because of so few ingredients, but it turned out great! The only issue I have is the stated amounts for the tomat...

My husband liked it, so all was not lost, but this "soup", which is more like a tomato-based bean stew (and a plain one at that) called for entirely too much onion, and was just boring to me.

Simply quick and delicious !

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