Brussels sprouts or chard? With this make-ahead soup base, you can pick which way you want to enjoy a quick meal.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a 6- to 8-qt. Dutch oven heat oil over medium. Add onions, carrots, and garlic. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender and starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  • Fill a sink half-full with ice water. Set pan in ice water and stir to cool. Divide soup between two large freezer containers. Label and freeze up to 3 months.

  • To serve, thaw soup in refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a large Dutch oven; heat through over medium, stirring occasionally.

*Tip

To use dried beans, rinse 1 lb. dried cannellini beans; drain. In a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven combine dried beans and 8 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. (Or, place beans in water in Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans. Return beans to Dutch oven. Stir in 8 cups fresh water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender, stirring occasionally. Drain beans and use in recipe. To save time, cook dried beans in a pressure cooker. Rinse 1 pound dried cannellini beans; drain. In a 6-qt. electric or stove-top pressure cooker combine beans and 8 cups water. Lock lid in place. Set electric cooker on high pressure to cook 25 minutes. For stove-top cooker, bring up to pressure over medium-high heat according to manufacturer's directions; reduce heat enough to maintain steady (but not excessive) pressure. Cook 25 minutes. Remove from heat. For electric or stove-top cooker, let stand to release pressure naturally, at least 15 minutes. If needed, carefully open steam vent to release any remaining pressure. Open lid carefully. Drain beans and use in recipe.

White Bean Chard Soup

Prepare and freeze Big Batch White Bean Soup as directed. Thaw one portion of soup in refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven. Heat through over medium, stirring occasionally. Stir in 4 cups chopped, stemmed Swiss chard or kale; cook and stir until wilted. Top servings with 1/4 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.Nutrition analysis per serving: 289 calories, 15 g protein, 43 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 10 g fiber, 6 g total sugar, 147% Vitamin A, 31% Vitamin C, 1107 mg sodium, 741 mg potassium, 179 mg calcium, 4 mg iron

White Bean Soup with Brussels Sprouts

Prepare and freeze Big Batch White Bean Soup as directed. Thaw one portion of soup in refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a 4- to 5-qt. Dutch oven. Heat through over medium, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. In a shallow baking pan toss together 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved or quartered; 1 Tbsp. olive oil; 1/2 tsp. salt; and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Roast 15 minutes or until tender and charred, stirring once. In a 10-inch skillet cook 6 slices bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon. Add 2 sliced leeks to reserved drippings; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Serve soup topped with Brussels sprouts, bacon, leeks, and 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.Nutrition analysis per serving: 497 calories, 24 g protein, 58 g carbohydrate, 21 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 15 g fiber, 10 g total sugar, 138% Vitamin A, 111% Vitamin C, 1541 mg sodium, 1167 mg potassium, 333 mg calcium, 6 mg iron

Nutrition Facts

255 calories; 5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 920 mg sodium. 618 mg potassium; 41 g carbohydrates; 10 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 13 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 5267 IU vitamin a; 22 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 52 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 162 mg calcium; 3 mg iron;

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