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White Bean and Spinach Soup….and a Bush’s Beans giveaway

by Aggies Kitchen on December 6, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been eating and drinking pretty indulgently lately.  That’s what it’s like around this time of year.  And it’s all good.

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So to counteract all the “good stuff”, I am finding myself making what I like to call “detox soups” on Sundays.  Sundays are a good day to start over, with a good clean healthy soup.  And I always make plenty to have in the fridge for the rest of the week for lunch or a quick dinner.  This White Bean and Spinach Soup carried me through last week while I was mentally and physically preparing for my first half marathon (that I completed on Saturday!).  This soup hit the spot every time I ate it.  And it is oh so good for you too.  Can’t beat that.

This soup was inspired by a recipe I found in my new favorite cookbook, The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen.  I’m totally in love with Mollie Katzen cookbooks, her recipes are mostly vegetarian (from what I can tell), clean, and just full of fresh and wholesome ingredients.  Even if you are not vegetarian, there are plenty of feel good recipes in her books.  I’ve checked out a couple from the library but this is the first one I bought.  Can’t wait to cook my way through it…oh and did I mention how cute the book is too?  All the recipes are in handwritten font, with cute handwritten drawings and notes scattered throughout the pages.  Love love love Mollie Katzen! :)

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The recipe suggests topping this soup with freshly grated nutmeg and a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.  I highly recommend both.  At first I wasn’t too sure about the nutmeg, but nutmeg, spinach and parmesan are really a great pairing so how could it not be good right?  It was wonderful.  I actually used grated asiago cheese instead of parmesan because it is what I had on hand. Delicious.

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White Bean and Spinach Soup
Inspired and adapted from The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest by Mollie Katzen

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
1 bay leaf
3 stalks celery, minced
2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
6 cups of water
2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 bag fresh spinach
fresh ground black pepper

toppings: freshly grated nutmeg and lots of parmesan (or asiago) cheese

In a large pot, heat oil and add onion, garlic, bay leaf, celery and salt. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, then add water. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add beans and spinach to broth (if all spinach doesn’t fit, just add in a little at a time until it wilts down). Add salt and black pepper to taste. Serve hot with freshly grated nutmeg and parmesan or asiago cheese.

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You all know my love for beans…it’s pretty obvious since I use them often in my recipes.  I use them especially more now for protein this past year since I’ve cut down a lot of my meat consumption.  They are easy to use, convenient and quick…and so good for you.

The nice people at Bush’s Beans wants to treat one of you to a great giveaway….

Giveaway starts today, Monday December 6, and will end on Wednesday December 8 at midnight (eastern standard time). Leave a comment on this post for an entry.  I will choose a winner using a random number generator and will announce the winner on Thursday December 9.  Sorry, but this giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Giveaway will include:

·         Bush’s Beans items: apron, coupons, bean strainer and mints, recipe bookmark

·         Spices/ingredients for recipes: Tahini paste, cumin, smoked paprika

·         Culinary Institute of America/Napa items: Spoon rest, dish towel, Olive Press citrus olive oil

Bonus Entries can be earned by:

1. Become a fan of Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.  “Like” Aggie’s Kitchen then come back to this page and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

2. Follow @AggiesKitchen on Twitter, then come back to this page and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

3.  Become a fan of Bush’s Beans on Facebook.  “Like” them and then come back and leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

Good Luck!!

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Maria December 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

Love this soup! Great giveaway too!

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Chris Marrs December 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

I follow you on twitter My name is @txballer

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Chris Marrs December 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

I follow you on Facebook

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scarlett December 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

Looks yummy! I “liked” bush beans on FB too : – )

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Chris Marrs December 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

And now i “like” bush beans on Facebook

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sally December 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

Looks like a great “detox soup!” I’ll have to try it and the nutmeg idea.

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Jersey Girl Cooks December 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

Great giveaway! Love your “detox” soup!

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Jersey Girl Cooks December 6, 2010 at 10:15 am

I am an Aggie’s Kitchen FB fan.

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Jersey Girl Cooks December 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

I follow you on Twitter.

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karen December 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

I love making soups this time of year and always seem to add one of the many varieties that Bush’s offer.

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karen December 6, 2010 at 10:40 am

I am already of fan of yours on FB

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karen December 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

I am a new fan of Bush’s Beans on FB

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Melissa December 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

Since I’m already with you on FB and Twitter, I’ll just leave a comment here. Hiiii! *Waves* ;)

Seriously, though, congrats on the half again! And I am so healthy these days, that soup looks marvelous.

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Julia Bloomy December 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

Greens and beans, my favorite.

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Brooke December 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

Mmmm, I love Bushs Beans. Chili sounds really good right now. I had never thought to put spinach and beans together. I usually go with cilantro for fresh greens. I might have to change it up and try your soup.

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Trish December 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

Thanks, I follow you on twitter and just liked you on FB and liked Bush’s beans as well. BTW, my dog is named Aggie :) She’s a firecracker (she’s the german shorthair pointer on my twitter page @trishtaylor). Thanks for the great recipe! Think I’ll make it on this cold midwestern day.

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Erica December 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

WOW- that soup looks so yummy. For it :) And Congrats on the half. That is TRULY exciting. I don’t do FB /Twitter- but fun giveaway. I’m a huge Bush’s fan

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Jo Ann December 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

oh…be still my heart!!! This has all my favorites in it!! LOVE IT!!!

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Holly ~ One Spicy Dish December 6, 2010 at 11:52 am

Thank you for this!! I’m shopping the pantry this month to save for Christmas. I have all of this!!! Yay!!

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Susan December 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Your soup looks wonderful. Think I know what I am making for dinner tonight. Thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway.

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Amy Dixon December 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Pick me!!
Congrats on the run – my husband is an Ironman and I know the dedication it takes to finish – great job!!
I follow you on FB

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Lori H December 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

What a great package of goodies! Count me in!

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Cindy December 6, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I liked you on Facebook

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Cindy December 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I liked Bush’s Beans on Facebook

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Cindy December 6, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I followed you on Twitter!

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Chelsie H December 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

What a great giveaway! I love your site!!

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Amy's Cooking Adventures December 6, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Your soup looks great! I’d love the Bush’s treats!

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Amy's Cooking Adventures December 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I “like” you on Facebook

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Amy's Cooking Adventures December 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I’m following you on twitter

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Amy's Cooking Adventures December 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I “like” Bush’s on Facebook

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Wenderly December 6, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Mmmmm, this soup looks so “soul filling” on a cold winter’s night. Yum.

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Sara M December 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! I love cooking with beans!

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mary December 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm

This soup looks so good. Perfect for weather like today.

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Courtney December 6, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I was actually looking for a soup recipe today. We’re having our monthly book club meeting tomorrow and the dinner theme is soup/salad/bread. I’m in charge of soup. This looks super yummy!

Also, I’m headed over to facebook now to “like” you. Your recipes look yummy … and healthy, which is always a good thing!

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libby rouse December 7, 2010 at 12:35 am

Use Bush beans all the time and love spinach, so can’t wait to try this soup!!

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Lynne December 7, 2010 at 12:48 am

Congratulations on running the half marathon! I admire your energy and discipline :)
That soup looks so good, I’ll be adding this one to the list for next week. I have recently started adding more beans to our diet and they are being well received by my family….yay!!

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Trish December 7, 2010 at 12:49 am

I love how you call it ‘detox soup.’ I’m the same way. I like to make a healthy weekly soup to put me back on track. The recipe sounds great. White beans and spinach go so well together.

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Lynne December 7, 2010 at 12:54 am

Discovered Bush’s Beans not too long ago. I hadn’t seen them on the shelves here in Canada before or maybe I hadn’t paid attention until blogger’s started talking about how fabulous they were.
Just ‘liked’ them on FB but have loved them at home since the first try!!
What a fabulous giveaway!!

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judith December 7, 2010 at 6:34 am

Bush’s beans are Winters escape from the cold!!!!!!! I adore them.

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Katie December 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

I love a good healthy soup this time of year. This sounds great.

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Katie December 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

I am a fan of Bush’s beans on Facebook.

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Katie December 7, 2010 at 7:54 am

I am a fan of Aggies Kitchen on Facebook.

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Amy Wels December 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

I’ll try this soup on the weekend…looks awesome

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natalie December 7, 2010 at 10:07 am

I like you and Bushs on Fb I also get your emails Thanks you

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natalie December 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love your emails Thank you

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natalie December 7, 2010 at 10:08 am

I liek you on FB

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natalie December 7, 2010 at 10:09 am

I like Bushs Beans on FB

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

YUM! I’ve become a total bean freak since I went vegan and this soup looks crazy good.

I’m totally following you on twitter sister!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie December 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

I liked you on facebook! To be honest I didn’t even know you had a facebook page.

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belinda December 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm

your soup looks wonderful!

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Sandy December 7, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes. I love you site.

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Pam December 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I’m already following you on Twitter : )

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Pam December 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I already “like” you on Facebook, too ; )

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Pam December 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I just liked Bush’s, too! BTW – your soup looks delicious!!

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Sharon Knerr December 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Love using Bush Bean’s when I cook! Liked you on Facebook!

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Sharon Knerr December 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I’ve also subscribed to your Twitter account – I’m 711Mum. Looking forward to reading your tweets. :-)

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Sharon December 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’m using Bush’s Beans in a recipe I’m making for our Christmas party on Friday. Didn’t know Bush’s had a Facebook page – just liked them on FB. Keeping my fingers crossed my name is picked; I also use a lot of beans for protein in place of meat. Really enjoy your blog too!

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Julia December 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm

The soup looks delish, especially now that the cold nights are here.

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Julia December 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I became a fan of yours on facebook. :)

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Starla December 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I just “liked” you on Facebook. Fun giveaway! And yummy looking soup!

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Starla December 7, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I’m following you on twitter.

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Carol haile December 8, 2010 at 8:27 am

I made something very similar last week with kale and added chicken artichoke sausage! Then made a pasta with cannelloni beans, crushed cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and tunafish. It was yummy..

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JulieD December 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

I love Bush’s beans! My favorite is their black beans. Thanks for this giveaway.

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JulieD December 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

I am already a fan of Aggie’s Kitchen on fb.

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JulieD December 8, 2010 at 8:28 am

I already follow you on twitter. I’m @thelittlekitchn

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Carol Haile December 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

You know I follow you on fb so do I get another entry? If I tweeted I would follow you there too! I’d follow you anywhere:-)

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JulieD December 8, 2010 at 8:29 am

I’m a fan of Bush’s Beans now.

Thanks!

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Tom H December 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

Quick and easy recipe. Looks great!…can’t wait to try. Thanks!

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Lindsay Elliott December 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

With the cold snap in Florida, this white bean and spinach soup was the answer! I have tried other beans before, and I have to say Bush’s are the best! I even added a little turkey kielbasa for my hubby! Can’t wait till lunch, to enjoy the left overs!

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Danielle S December 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Loved this soup when I made it! It was so different but in a VERY good way!

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Danielle S December 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I “liked” Bush’s Beans Facebook page. Surprised I hadn’t done this before!

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Danielle S December 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

And now I follow you on Twitter! Thanks again for all the amazing recipes. Whether I follow them to a T or I get inspiration from them they always turn out great.

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Danielle S December 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm

And I of course follow you on facebook!

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Kristina December 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I do this soup with crumbled chicken italian sausage. So yummy! Bring on the snow!

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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

This looks and sounds great! I could use some right now it’s so cold!

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Ericka H. December 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I’m a fan on Facebook!

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Mandi December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm

WOW so many good things in one bowl! =) Tis the season for some warm soups and stews right? yummmm Thanks for the awesome comments on my gingerbread post =) Stuffed peppers really are a timeless dinner, right? =)

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Lora @cakeduchess December 9, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I missed a GREAT giveaway. I love this soup recipe! Perfect for these days with really cold weather in Florida;)

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patsy December 10, 2010 at 8:11 am

I know I’m too late for the giveaway… but, I’m printing off this recipe because I just love how healthy it is and I’m looking for recipes like this these days! Yum!!!

Congratulations on the 1/2 marathon! You totally ROCK!!!

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Amanda December 10, 2010 at 8:23 am

This looks really delicious. It just LOOKS like a winter soup with the green and the white!

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Jamie December 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Another really great winter recipe! I have always loved her cookbooks and weirdly enough I do not own one! A great must-make recipe!

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Liz - Meal Makeover Mom December 12, 2010 at 8:46 am

That soup looks amazing. I think my boys would love it too. I won your Bush’s Beans giveaway last year and have enjoyed it all year long (the spoon rest sits on my kitchen counter 24/7) and the chipotle chili powder is something we’ve been enjoying ever since ti arrived. If I win again (tee hee hee), you can pick the second runner up!

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Gwen Styles December 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I love it! It inspired me to make white bean soup too: http://gwenstyles.com/2010/12/30/white-bean-and-spinach-soup/

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Gwen Styles December 31, 2010 at 11:46 am

Hi there! This soup looked so delicious that I used it as inspiration for a white bean and spinach soup of my own! I’ve given you full credit and a link to your site. Check it out at http://www.gwenstyles.com

Thanks! It was deelish!

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Edyth Trucks January 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Can’t wait to try the recipe…

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Judi January 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Super delicious!

I followed the recipe but added some beets greens, and fresh oregano, cilantro, and rosemary from the garden. My husband said it reminded him of the Escarole and Bean soup his mom used to make. Thanks!

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Kari February 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

Hi there, I realize I’m a little late to the comments on this post, I found this recipe after realizing I had a bag of baby spinach that I had to use and more cans of cannellini beans than I knew what to do with, so I googled recipe, soup, spinach, white beans, etc. and I’m now a big fan.

I almost followed the recipe to a “T” – I used chicken broth instead of water – and I omitted the parmesan – but I will offer this to anyone following this recipe – don’t be afraid of the nutmeg – it makes a HUGE difference (takes a good soup to a great soup). Thanks for posting, this will go into my regular rotation! It’s hearty enough for a winter soup if you use an immersion blender on some of the beans, or fresh/light enough for a light summer dinner. It’s a great-tasting, guilt-free meal!

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Sandy September 27, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Liked both you and Bush Beans on Facebook. I love your recipes…i have tons of veggies and some of your soups are just the thing to use them (and Freeze for a cold winter’s day)

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Suze January 2, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I just made this soup, it was amazing, thank you soo much.

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Aggies Kitchen January 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

that’s great! thanks so much for letting me know! happy new year to you!

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Olivia November 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Just made this and it is amazing – thanks for sharing! Absolutely delicious. Do you happen to have the nutritional info for this recipe? I light to keep track of calories, etc. That would be great!

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Aggies Kitchen November 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm

So glad you enjoyed the recipe! I haven’t figured out the nutritional info on this on my own yet, but I’ve used My Fitness Pal to do so in the past with other recipes when I’m keeping track of calories too. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the feedback!

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Joan M January 4, 2014 at 7:16 am

I am a fan on facebook!

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Joan M January 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

I follow you on Twitter!

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Joan M January 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

I am a fan of Bush’s Beans on Facebook!

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Joan M January 4, 2014 at 7:18 am

I signed up for your newsletter… and I will be making this bean soup this week too…just what I need for this COLD week….

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