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Mash the beans, and use them to thicken the broth; leave some whole for added texture.

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2003
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  • cmsidla
    24 SEP, 2014
    YUM! I used butter beans because I didn't have any cannellini and threw in some pickled jalapenos. And a can of cream of celery. So good!
  • Rebecca1407
    30 JAN, 2014
    Made this tonight for the first time and was concerned about the lack of herbs. So, after reading a lot of reviews I added some things. Carrots, garlic, a Parmesan rind, and finally herbes de Provence. First, the smell was mouth watering and it didn't disappoint the taste buds. Next time I will try it with Italian sausage.
  • turtlegrins
    9 JAN, 2013
    I didn't use the bread or Parmesan, and I didn't feel like it was missing anything. (I was afraid of it turning out bland, however, so I did add a bay leaf, 1 large chopped stalk of celery, and large handful of sliced baby Portabella mushrooms. I also swapped the amounts of water and broth, using twice as much broth than water). My family loved it! Excellent the next day too! Thanks M.S. for a tasty, yet simple recipe!
  • samandroux
    16 DEC, 2012
    I added red and white potatoes, a handful of thyme sprigs, red pepper flakes, a parmesan rind, and garlic to the onions. All of the suggestions below were very helpful. The recipe itself is a little bland, but turned out amazing with all of those additions.
  • jperles
    2 OCT, 2012
    Good mostly in that it's very quick simple. Used pre-washed bagged tuscan kale from Trader Joes to make this prep time about 2 minutes. I added a couple parmesan rinds from my freezer. Potatoes are nice for a bit of bulk, but I think the toasted bread is perfect for a light lunch. Also added a couple cloves of sliced garlic to the onions.
  • Wolf Hunter
    27 SEP, 2012
    This is a great healthy recipe-It is not BLAND unless you are used to processed food or HIGH sodium recipes. It is good!!! and....very easy.
  • mllechocolatier
    25 SEP, 2012
    As much as I agree w/ Anj8326 that this recipe can be a little bland, there are plenty of suggestions other readers have provided if you prefer a soup with more punch. I've made this soup a handful of times and would suggest adding a couple of garlic cloves, thyme or rosemary sprigs, and if you'd like a few potatoes i.e. Red skin or Yukon gold potatoes hold much better in soups.
  • anjalic261
    16 AUG, 2012
    nothing special...pretty bland...would not recommend this recipe to anyone
  • Rhiannon_
    3 JUN, 2012
    It's a decent soup. Nothing extraordinary, just fine. I recommend adding extra beans.
  • KateHenckel
    7 OCT, 2011
    This is a fantastic soup! So easy too! Mashing half the beans in any bean soup/chili/red beans and rice recipe is the take away here. I added 3 cloves of garlic, a couple sprigs of rosemary and of thyme and some crushed red pepper flakes. I might also try a squeeze of lemon next time. Enjoy!

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