Delicious Diet Italian Bean Soup

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Delicious Diet Italian Bean Soup

source: Lynn Gardner

I adore tomatoes, beans and Italian seasonings. Here is a diet recipe that combines all three, and the result is wonderful. For a heartier soup, throw in a handful of pasta with the beans and herbs.

Ingredients

1 teaspoon oil

1 small onion,  peeled and finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

1 large can chopped tomatoes (about 28-30 oz), undrained

2 1/2 cups water

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon oregano

1 or 2 pinches black pepper (I use two pinches)

salt to taste

Directions

Using a high quality non-stick pot, saute the chopped onion till light brown. Add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes or till the garlic is medium golden in color.

Add the can of chopped tomatoes and water. Note:  This must be done quickly or the garlic will continue to cook and will develop an unpleasantly bitter taste.

When the tomatoes and water come to a boil add the rest of the ingredients, excluding the salt.

Bring the soup back to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook over a low flame for about 10-12 minutes.

Add salt to taste.

Optional: When I’m not dieting,  I add a sprinkle of Parmesan as a garnish, but it’s still fabulous without it.

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