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Lemon and Bean Soup with Rosemary

All the flavors in every spoonful along with the unmistakable Italian flair makes this a worthy soup to consider. You can use any beans you want, either cooked from fresh or canned (and then well drained and rinsed). We are using carrot, onion and zucchini, but you can use any vegetables you want in here. Perhaps you wish to include mushrooms, cabbage or bell peppers instead.

The rosemary, garlic and lemon add wonderful yet subtle flavors to the soup. Each of those flavors can be very vibrant and bold if used in excess but we are just using a little of each, so as not to overpower the delicate bean and vegetable flavors you already have in there. In addition, you might like to add some sundried tomatoes, for another splash of color and the complement the Italian appeal. The lemon juice goes in at the end because then you can judge how much to add, adding a little, tasting as you go, then adding more if needed.

This Italian bean soup makes a fine lunch or evening meal, served alone or with bread. If you want to enjoy some bread with it, consider ciabatta, a light and airy Italian loaf which is perfect for dunking and offers a nice, chewy texture. This recipe makes four portions of soup, and it can be warmed back up the following day if you want to enjoy more than one meal. It also freezes well, but enjoy it within a month so it still tastes like fresh. Minestrone is perhaps the most famous Italian soup but if you wish to try something else, consider this recipe. The flavors work harmoniously, it is ideal for any season or occasion, and it is also a wonderful pantry soup because can tweak, mix and match the ingredients depending what you have in the pantry to use up.

Mixed Bean Soup with a Lemony Zing
Summary: Rustic soups do not get much better than this mixed bean soup. Based on an old Italian recipe, it offers plenty of nutrients and it is really filling as well.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ chopped zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 cups mixed cooked beans (canned beans are fine)
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sundried tomatoes (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  1. Heat the oil in a pot over a moderate heat.
  2. Add the carrot and onion.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Add the zucchini, rosemary and garlic.
  5. Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the beans, broth and a little salt and black pepper.
  7. Add the sundried tomatoes here, if you are using them.
  8. Bring the soup to a boil, then turn the heat down.
  9. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  10. At this point you might like to use an immersion blender to puree about half the soup.
  11. Squeeze in half the lemon juice and taste the soup.
  12. You can now add more lemon juice and/or more salt and pepper if needed.

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Beans, vegetables and a rosemary and lemon scented broth elevate this soup to superstar status. Inspired by an old Italian recipe, this soup is great because you can go into the pantry and grab anything you want to throw in there – any veggies that need to be used up, any type of beans (either cooked or canned) and anything else. Use fresh rosemary and fresh lemon juice for the best results. The lemon offers a bright zing while the rosemary offers an earthy, appealing touch, and complements the beans really well. This is ideal for lunchtime or as your evening meal.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello there, I'm Christine. Welcome to my blog where you will find a comprehensive collection of soup recipes for every season, occasion and palate. There are hundreds of soup recipes for you to try out, those which warm you up during the cooler months, and even chilled soups and dessert soups if you want to try something new.

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