This Vegan Italian Recipe Makes the Best Bean Soup
After a long, wonderful holiday season full of rich (and fattening!) food, many of us are craving healthier fare. And with the colder weather typical of January, simple but hearty recipes sound mighty appealing.
There’s nothing quite as hearty (or simple) as recipes based on dried beans, legumes, and pulses. These little nutritional powerhouses are great sources of protein, complex carbs, and fiber. Because they’re one of our oldest foods (dating back over 7000 years, according to some estimates), they feature in many of the world’s cuisines, offering us a wide variety of recipes and traditions to draw from.
Italy’s rich culinary heritage includes numerous dishes that incorporate dried legumes and pulses. Some of my favorites are soups. Typically, these are meal-in-a-bowl recipes that are easy to make and that deliver comforting, satisfying flavor. Today’s recipe may be the best of the breed.