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Spinach White Bean Soup

After a busy day as a college nursing professor, I love to come home to this slow cooker white bean soup. It provides plenty of nutrients to keep me healthy. —Brenda Jeffers, Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup uncooked converted long grain rice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 9 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through. Stir in spinach. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Sprinkle with cheese.
    Freeze option: Before adding cheese, cool soup. Freeze soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth or water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 151 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 291mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch.

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