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Recipe - Tuscan Bean Soup

Updated on September 23, 2012
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A hearty bean soup that can be prepared in less than half an hour? Sounds good to me. How about I tell you how to make it?

This Tuscan bean soup is full of fibre, protein, and iron, making it a great family meal. The kids won't even know there's cabbage in it!

This soup doesn't freeze well, so try to finish the soup within a day or two of making it.

Please note that the cavolo nero leaves can be replaced with Savoy cabbage leaves.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: Serves 4


  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes with herbs
  • 250g cavalo nero cabbage leaves
  • 400g cannellini beans
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, to serve


  1. Pour the tomatoes into a large pan and add a can of cold water. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Roughly shred the cabbage leaves and add them to the pan. Partially cover the pan and simmer gently for 15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.
  3. Drain and rinse the cannellini beans, add to the pan and warm through for a few minutes. Check and adjust the seasoning, then ladle the soup into bowls and drizzle each one with a little olive oil and serve.


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      Nesbyte 5 years ago from UK

      Huh, I just did a quick Google search and it looks like you're right. I'm not sure now; I knew about iron, but I remember my doctor telling me time and again that green vegetables have got B12 in them. I don't really eat red meat and I've always been told to eat spinach and cabbage etc. instead. Thanks for pointing that out though Imogen, I'll amend the hub accordingly.

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      Sorry to argue the point nesbyte - but this matter is important to vegetarians - there is no B12 in cabbages. The main dietary sources of B12 are meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals and nutritional yeast.

      Maybe you are confusing it with iron - there is plenty of that in green vegetables. B12 could be added by stirring in a teaspoonful of yeast extract (Marmite), which I sometimes add to soups and stews - but that might ruin the flavour of your very nice sounding recipe. :)

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      Nesbyte 5 years ago from UK

      @Imogen French. Hi, thanks a lot for commenting. Yeah, it's a perfect soup for vegetarians. The cavalo nero contains a lot, as do all cabbages. I say a lot; it's a lot in terms of most food, but the best way to get B12 is still through red meat. Of course, if you're a vegetarian, that option's out.

      @tulika4321 Hi, thanks for the comment. It certainly is. I hope you like it (and that it's proteiny enough for you)

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      Rita Bose 5 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Sounds delicioso!! I also love such proteiny( Full of proteins ) soups! Will try it ASAP!

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      This recipe sounds delicious, I'm always looking for nice hearty soup recipes, so will try this. As a vegetarian this soup is great for me, having a high protein content - I'm not sure where the vitamin B12 comes in though? I don't think any of these ingredients contain it?