Fresh And Hearty Green Bean Soup

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Green bean soup is a classic comfort food, perfect for a light lunch or a cozy dinner. It’s surprisingly versatile, allowing you to customize it with your favorite flavors and ingredients. This recipe provides a basic framework, but feel free to get creative!

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

Green Bean Soup
Green Bean Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups chopped peeled potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional additions:
  • 1 cup chopped cooked ham or shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (for a richer soup)

  • Instructions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

    2. Pour in the chicken broth, green beans, potatoes, thyme, and parsley. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the green beans are crisp-tender.

    3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    4. Customizations: Here’s where you can get creative! If using cooked ham or chicken, stir it in during the last few minutes of cooking. For a richer soup, you can add a splash of heavy cream at the end. Fresh dill adds a bright flavor and can be stirred in just before serving.

    5. Serve hot with a side of crusty bread for dipping. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: approximately 200 (without added cream)

  • Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Sodium: (depends on chicken broth used)

  • Conclusion:

    Green bean soup is a healthy, satisfying, and budget-friendly meal. It’s perfect for using up leftover vegetables and cooked meats. Plus, it’s easily adaptable to suit your taste preferences. So grab your favorite vegetables, get creative with the seasonings, and enjoy a warm bowl of this delicious soup!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use frozen green beans in this recipe?

    Absolutely! Frozen green beans work just as well as fresh. No need to thaw them beforehand, simply add them to the pot frozen.

    2. What can I substitute for chicken broth?

    Vegetable broth is a great vegetarian option. You can also use water with a tablespoon of bouillon paste for added flavor.

    3. How can I make this soup thicker?

    For a thicker soup, you can mash about half of the cooked potatoes in the pot with a potato masher. Alternatively, you can add a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water) and simmer for a few minutes until thickened.

    4. What other vegetables can I add to this soup?

    This recipe is a great base for adding other vegetables like chopped carrots, celery, or corn.

    5. Can I make this soup ahead of time?