Tasty bean soup a snap to make

DINNER TONIGHT

DinnerTonight

May 19, 2004|By Donna Pierce | Donna Pierce,CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Leftover ham offers a wonderful opportunity to make my favorite busy-day bean soup even more flavorful.

This quick blend of beans, tomatoes and herbs tastes as if you've spent a lot more time in the kitchen.

Tips:

* Purchase ham from the deli.

* Buy diced onion, chopped celery and minced garlic from a salad bar.

Menu:

White bean and tomato soup with ham

Green salad with herb vinaigrette

Bread sticks and softened butter for dipping

Raspberry sherbet and butter cookies

Pilsener or apple cider

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White Bean and Tomato Soup With Ham

Makes 6 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes; cooking time: 25 minutes

2 slices bacon

1 onion, diced

1 rib celery, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bag (10 ounces) baby spinach, cut into thin slices

1/2 teaspoon each: red pepper flakes, allspice, salt

freshly ground black pepper

3 cups chicken broth

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) crushed tomatoes

1 can (28 ounces) white beans, drained

3/4 cup chopped cooked ham

5 sage leaves, minced

5 sprigs each, minced: thyme, parsley

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until just crisp, turning several times, about 4 minutes. Remove bacon; crumble. Set aside.

Add onion and celery to skillet; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in spinach; cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with red pepper flakes, allspice, salt and black pepper.

Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, ham, sage, thyme and parsley. Cook until flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

Per serving: 206 calories; 6 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 11 milligrams cholesterol; 31 grams carbohydrate; 17 grams protein; 1,467 milligrams sodium; 10 grams fiber

- Analysis courtesy of Chicago Tribune

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