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San Marzano Tomatoes

Deborah says, “San Marzano tomatoes are essential to a great marinara sauce and other Italian red sauces. You know they’re the real deal if the D.O.P. designation appears on the label. They cost a bit more than other plum tomatoes but—for both taste and texture—they’re worth it! One more thing: 35-ounce cans are not available through Amazon. You'll need 3¾ 28-ounce cans for my Marinara Sauce.”

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Cannellini, Kielbasa, and Escarole Soup

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STRATEGY SESSION: My approach to this recipe has two components: moderating the glycemic load and substitution. Like all legumes, cannellini beans have a low glycemic index, but they are very carbohydrate-dense. Since GL is a function of GI and carbohydrate density (CD), I can moderate the GL by adding components that are lower in CD  than the beans. Escarole and onion meet that requirement. The sausage adds complexity and depth of flavor, but you don’t need the full fat variety. I substitute turkey kielbasa for pork.

This mother’s memory of her child is—at least in part- a history of meals, and I could have called this post ”Sam’s Life-in-Food Soup”. As a tot, my son loved both beans and soup. If they coincided, as they did in my father’s minestrone, so much the better. He was also a lettuce-lover from the get-go- and we were the envy of friends whose children wouldn’t touch anything green. In college, he developed a taste for heat and spice, and he returned from a semester in Rome an expert on Parmigiano-Reggiano. This soup is all about him and he eats it with that knowledge; but even if it isn’t all about you, it’s still a very good soup.

Note: I’ve only used kielbasa in this soup, but I believe any reduced fat sausage would work.

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  • March 15 2010, 4:52 PM
    Dawn Hutchins

    This is my kind of soup! I love adding beans and greens. (actually I should branch out more but I love it so much I tend to do the same thing over and over as far as soups go).

  • March 30 2010, 8:52 PM

    This is one sure healthy and comfort food. I love the beans. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • March 30 2010, 9:41 PM

    I am delighted to share it and to hear that you like it!

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