Tuscan cuisine focuses on fresh, healthy ingredients and uncomplicated cooking techniques to make traditionally delicious fare. These are dishes – like this colourful bean soup – that you can easily duplicate in your own kitchen.
Chunks of vegetables and plenty of beans make this soup rich in fibre. Beans are high in soluble fibre – the type that seems to control blood cholesterol in certain people by lowering LDL (the ‘bad’ cholesterol). Carrots, celery and other vegetables contribute mostly insoluble fibre, which helps the intestines maintain regularity. * Remember, canned beans have salt added, so be sure to rinse them several times before adding them to the saucepan.