Beans: It’s OK to use cannellini, pinto or navy beans instead of kidney beans. Whatever you use, always drain and rinse canned beans before using, even for soups. If you use home cooked beans like our Basic White Beans you don’t need to drain or rinse them. The broth is low sodium and adds to the flavor. If you use fresh beans, add them with the cabbage in step 3.
If you have the rind of a piece of Parmesan cheese handy, throw it into the soup at step 5 for extra flavor.
In the winter, fresh basil can be hard to find or expensive. Substitute 1 tablespoon of jar pesto.
Also you can use ¼ cup tomato paste instead of canned tomatoes.
If you are having oral problems such as cankers or post radiation dryness, leave out the pasta and puree this delicious soup for easier swallowing. Just whizz a couple of cupfuls in a blender with a little extra stock or some water. Let the soup cool somewhat before eating.
All our recipes are created by chefs and reviewed by our oncology-trained staff Registered Dietitian, Kate Ueland, MS, RD, to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and meets the standards set by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.