Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tomato Basil White Bean Soup

Tomato Basil White Bean Soup
It's always fascinating to sample a new food - especially when visiting another area.  Sometimes, I totally enjoy the taste... other times I'd probably pass on it, if it was a choice again.  

A couple of weeks ago, when we were in Philadelphia, we enjoyed staying at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing, located near the historic district and also on the Delaware River!  The hotel's restaurant had a tasty menu.  We ordered a cup of soup to start with that evening.  It had a simple name.  Yet, it also sounded so yummy - White Bean and Tomato Soup.

A steaming cup of the tomato base soup was filled with Cannellini Beans (White Kidney Beans) and Basil.  It did not take long to devour it or for me to decide that after we returned home I would use my Dutch Oven to prepare a batch. It was quite easy to decide what ingredients to use in this yummy soup.  They are all staples in my kitchen! 

Rice is a great side dish with grilled fish, and the previous evening we enjoyed White Rice with Grilled Sockeye Salmon.  The day I prepared this soup there was a bit of prepared "leftover" Rice to add to this very yummy soup.  

Tomato Basil White Bean Soup
4 Servings

1 can (14.5 ounces) Fat Free & Lower Sodium Chicken Broth
     (College Inn)
2 ounces Water
1 can (15 ounces) Tomato Sauce
1 can Tomatoes, drained - If using whole tomatoes, cut into eighths.
1 can (15 ounces) Cannelli Beans (White Kidney Beans)
1 Tablespoon Dehydrated Onion 
1 - 2 teaspoons dried Basil
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 -  3/4 cup Prepared Rice - optional

  1. Place all ingredients, except Cannelli Beans & Rice, in large pot or Dutch Oven.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Drain Cannelli Beans & rinse in cold water, drain again.
  5. Add to other ingredients in Dutch Oven.
  6. Add previously cooked Rice & simmer 4- 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!  
After dinner, cool the remaining soup.  Cover & refrigerate. 

***If the Prepared Rice has been added, a small amount of water will need to be added when reheating the soup.  The Rice absorbs the liquid.

On a chilly cold evening, this easy to make Tomato Basil White Bean Soup will be a "go to" recipe for me.  It's also so good with the "leftover" Rice added in.



Pam said...

White beans work for me and with the tomato sauce and spices, this sounds delicious! Just read it off to Bill and it sounds like a winner to him also! I like the low sodium, low fat, etc! Bookmarked for cooler weather, it was 96 degrees here today, unheard of. Looking forward to trying this soup, thanks for the recipe, Judy! Bet that was a great Hyatt, being near the historic district and river too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My husband loves Tomato Basil soup. This would be even heartier! Thanks for sharing the recipe! We eat a lot more soup in the cooler months! Hugs!

Stacey said...

That sounds wonderful! Can't wait for cooler days to pull out the soup recipes. It is still steaming hot here.

JG said...

Pam- Your hot weather moved along to us! Looks like I will not be using this recipe tonight, either- it's 94°F. The weekend is coming! :) Low sodium + low fat is great! You & Bill will enjoy this filling soup.

Lavender Dreamer- Nice and thick - filled with tomatoes! :)

Stacey- Today is just too hot here, also! This soup is easy to prep and tastes sooo goood!