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White Bean Fennel Soup

This filling soup is a favorite with our family and is often requested for company dinners. A hint of fennel accents the flavor of this quick-to-fix bean soup, while spinach and tomatoes add color. —Donna Quinn, Round Lake Beach, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups shredded fresh spinach

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and fennel in oil until tender. Add the broth, beans, tomatoes, thyme, pepper and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until fennel is tender.
  • Discard bay leaf. Add spinach; cook 3-4 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 152 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 976mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 8g protein.

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