Green Bean Soup

Haricots vert are tiny and tender green beans. If you can't find them, regular-size green beans will work in this easy vegetable soup recipe.



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Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients
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    2  14  ounce can 
    vegetable broth
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    1   medium 
    onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
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    1/2  
    vanilla bean, split lengthwise
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    3   tablespoons 
    butter, softened
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    3   tablespoons 
    all-purpose flour
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    1   pound 
    thin green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces (3 to 3 1/2 cups)
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    Steamed Green Beans (see recipe below) (optional)
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    Herbed Sourdough Breadsticks (see recipe below) (optional)
Steamed Green Beans
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    1/2  pound 
    thin green beans

Herbed Sourdough Breadsticks
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    1/2 12  inch 
    sourdough baguette
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    2   tablespoons 
    olive oil
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    1   teaspoon 
    snipped fresh thyme


Directions
1.
In a large saucepan, bring the broth, onion, and vanilla bean to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until onion is tender. Discard vanilla bean.
2.
In a small bowl, stir together the butter and flour. Whisk into broth mixture. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly.
3.
Add beans to broth mixture. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes more or until beans are crisp-tender. Ladle into bowls. If desired, garnish with steamed green beans and serve with Herbed Sourdough Breadsticks. Makes 6 to 8 side-dish servings.
Steamed Green Beans
1.
Place green beans in a steamer basket. Cover and steam over boiling water for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.

Herbed Sourdough Breadsticks
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Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Cut half of a 2-inch sourdough baguette lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices. Cut into 1-inch-wide sticks. Brush cut surfaces evenly with olive oil and sprinkle with thyme. Place on baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 16 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 94, Fat, total (g) 7, chol. (mg) 16, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 11, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 2, sodium (mg) 2, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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