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My Mom's Tomato and Bean 15 Minute Stoup


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 2 turns of the pan

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 2 ribs celery, chopped

  • 1 small zucchini, sliced

  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

  • 1 can diced tomato (15 ounces)

  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)

  • 1 can small white beans or cannellini beans (15 ounces)

  • 1 box, cut frozen green beans (10 ounces)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 cup fresh basil, torn or shredded

  • Grated Parmigiano or Romano, to pass at table

  • Crusty bread, to pass at the table


Add EVOO to the pot, 2 turns of the pan. Add garlic and crushed red pepper flakes, stir then stir in the onions, carrots, celery and zucchini. Cook 10 minutes, then add in the stock, tomatoes and beans. Bring soup up to a bubble and season with salt and pepper, to your taste. Simmer 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and wilt the basil into the soup. Ladle up the soup and serve with grated cheese and bread.