CookingLight diet CookingLight diet
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: about 2 cups)

This classic French soup is traditionally finished with a dollop of pistou, a nut-free version of pesto, though leftover or store-bought refrigerated pesto is also delicious here. Don’t rinse the canned beans after draining; any remaining starches will help bring the soup together. To save time, look for prechopped onion, celery, and carrot in the produce section. You could also use any vegetables or herbs you have on hand, making this a great “use it up” option for clearing out produce at the end of the week. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high 4 minutes or until crisp. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic; cook 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add stock, thyme, and sage; bring to a boil. Cook 10 minutes or until reduced to about 5 cups.

Step 2

Reduce heat to medium-low. Add zucchini, haricots verts, and cannellini beans; cook 5 minutes. Stir in juice, pepper, and salt. Divide soup among 4 bowls; top each serving with about 1 1/2 tablespoons spinach pesto.