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Three Soups to Honor Italy’s Most Famous Explorer

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More than 500 years ago, an Italian sea captain, under the flag of Spain, set off from Europe in search of a New World. That captain didn’t find a “new world,” per se – it had been here since sometime after the continents split up and drifted to where they rest today.  It also wasn’t new because, well… because when he arrived, he found people who had been living here for millennia.

Christopher Columbus may not have discovered a “new” world when he arrived here in 1492, but he did discover something wonderful: our world! So this weekend we celebrate Columbus with a three-day weekend. Our version of this celebration is to suggest three wonderful Italian soup recipes that are always favorites with customers and diners: Minestrone, Tuscan Bean, and Pasta e Fagioli (or Pasta Fa-zool if you are from the neighborhood this writer is).

Minestrone – This hearty Italian soup features penne pasta and tangy tomatoes simmered with beans and select vegetables, all seasoned to perfection.  Minestrone Soup from Blount is dairy-free and low fat.  It is also available at part of the Blount Organic lineup of soups and can be ordered for foodservice or retail. Click here for more info on Blount Minestrone Soup.

Tuscan-Style White Bean & Sausage Soup – This Italian favorite combines spicy sausage, leafy kale and Great Northern beans in a rich stock thickened with whole grain corn meal.  This soup is gluten-free and high fiber. Click here for more info on Blount Tuscan-Style White Bean & Sausage Soup.

Pasta e Fagioli – With roots as a “peasant food,” brought to America by Italian immigrants around the turn of the last century, this hearty classic combines white and kidney beans with tender pasta in a spicy tomato base finished with a hint of Romano cheese. Click here for more info on Blount Pasta e Fagioli soup.