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White Bean Soup with Tomato Salsa

Real Simple JUNE 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Other: 15 Minutes


  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 small red onions, diced
  • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
  • 2 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Juice of 2 lemons


Cook the orzo according to the package directions; set aside. In a bowl, combine half the onions, the tomatoes, red pepper, basil, Feta, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and the vinegar, plus salt and pepper to taste; set aside. Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining onion, the garlic, and chili flakes and cook until the onion softens, about 3 minutes. Add the beans, 3 cups of the broth, and the lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor or blender. Pulse until combined but still slightly chunky. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Return to heat. Add the remaining broth and bring to a simmer. Stir in the orzo. Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Spoon the salsa over the top. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.

Tip: Use caution when pulsing the soup. Hot liquids expand.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 227mg
  • Calories: 594
  • Calories from fat: 21%
  • Carbohydrate: 95g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Iron: 8mg
  • Protein: 26mg
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 513mg

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White Bean Soup with Tomato Salsa Recipe