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.
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
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.