Tuscan Garbanzo Bell Pepper Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
 
A low in calories and vegetable filled soup recipe with the goodness of garbanzo beans.
Ingredients
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 red and 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded and sliced
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 28 oz. can whole Italian tomatoes coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped (or less if you’re not a big garlic fan)
  • 1, 15 oz. can organic garbanzo beans
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 T fresh chopped thyme
  • 4 slices of smoked bacon or fried bacon chopped (optional)
  • Course natural sea salt (like Celtic or Pink Himalayan) and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth – depending on what consistency you want.
  • Italian parsley chopped (for garnish)
  • Fresh grated Parmesan (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil and sauté the red onion in a soup pot until it is golden.
  2. Add the diced potatoes, peppers, carrot, tomato, and garlic.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes start to get soft.
  4. Add the garbanzo beans, bay leaf, thyme, bacon, and broth.
  5. Simmer for 15 more minutes.
  6. Ladle into bowls and top with chopped parsley.
  7. Serve with fresh bread and top with Parmesan if desired.
Recipe by Baby Boomer Blog | Travel - Lifestyle for Women Over 50 at https://www.babyboomster.com/tuscan-garbanzo-bell-pepper-soup/