Fall Flavors :: Tuscan Bean Soup & Apple Chicken Salad

In case nobody else has noticed – though I’m sure you most certainly have – fall is in full swing! Nighttime is coming faster each and every day, the weather outside is getting much cooler, and everyone seems to be feeling a little bit more blase than usual – but not in our house! Well, not at dinnertime, anyway. I have to admit, I was in a little bit of a dinner rut for a while. I seemed to be making the same things over and over again. I knew it, and my family knew it. But I have since come across something amazing, and I’m sure you won’t believe me if I tell you it’s been 100% effective in getting me out of my dinner doldrums. Do you want in on my secret? Okay, it’s not really a “secret” at all…. There’s a website called Marzetti KitchensSM, and it has truly been a lifesaver for me. It has so many recipes for the different seasons, cuisines (Asian, Barbecue, Italian, etc), and categories (such as main dishes, side dishes, soups, etc.). Since it’s been so cold outside as of late, I knew I wanted to make some warm soup for dinner. I also wanted to try making something with apples since they’re in their prime right now. I did a quick search on the Marzetti Kitchens site, and here are two of the recipes I found that we’ve tried out recently:

Homemade Tuscan Bean Soup - prefect for fall and winter. And it smells & tastes amazing!!

1. Tuscan Bean Soup. It was exactly what I was looking for! A warm, hearty soup that had so much depth of flavor, we seriously could not stop eating it! I was able to make a fabulous home-cooked meal without having to spend my whole day in the kitchen. The garlic bread that I toasted, cubed, and layered in the bottom of the dish is actually the very easy-to-prep New York Brand® Texas Garlic Toast which we always have on hand in our house. And it really was my favorite part! Placing the toasted cubes of garlic bread underneath the soup was sort of an epiphany for me – it was just like dipping bread into the soup bowl!

Here’s the recipe, because I think that you, too, need to make this!

4.8 from 14 reviews
Tuscan Bean Soup or Ribollita
  • 6 slices New York Brand® Texas Garlic Toast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 (15.8 oz) cans white beans
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bake New York Brand® Texas Garlic Toast according to package directions. Cool and cut into 1½" pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a large soup pot, add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon bits.
  3. Add onions, celery, and carrots and cook until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, salt and pepper and continue to cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add beans and stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Carefully puree half of soup in small batches, returning it to soup pot.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Transfer New York Brand® Texas Garlic Toast pieces to a Dutch oven or a large deep ovenproof baking dish. Pour soup over bread and bake 30 minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

2. Apple Chicken Salad. This is one of the fall apple recipes that I found on their site. Can I tell you that I simply love this salad? I could eat it every day. First off, the ingredients in this salad are great on their own, but put them together and they create a whole new level of flavor! And then there’s the Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing that is out of this world good! This was the first time I’ve tried it, and I was so, so impressed! I think I have a new favorite salad & dressing.

Apple Chicken Salad - a perfectly delicious way to eat up those granny smith apples and leftover chicken. I love this recipe!

This recipe takes no time at all to make, which is perfect for when you need to squeeze in a quick, delicious dinner before basketball practice and piano lessons.

You can find this recipe for Apple Chicken Salad on the Marzetti Kitchens website, and while you’re there, you should take a look around and see what inspiration you can get for making a fabulous dinner tonight! Here’s what I’m making the rest of this week: Barbecue Pulled Pork or Chicken Mini Sliders, Chicken and Noodle Pot Pie, Quick Fix Garlic Toast Pizza What Marzetti Kitchens recipe do you want to try?? Share your favorite in the comments below for a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card!


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  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I want to try the Caramel Banana Tiramisu recipe
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  2. Lisa Brown says:

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  3. I would try the apple cabbage slaw recipe

  4. My favorite dessert in the world is carrot cake and the apple carrot cake recipe on the Marzetti web site sounds intriguing.

  5. tweeted–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/389844210574057472

  6. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d love to try the Coconut Breaded Chicken With Crunchy Fruit Sauce.
    Thanks so much.

  7. Margaret Smith says:
  8. I would most like to try the recipe for Apple Caramel Crumb Cake

  9. Jessica To says:

    I would like to try the Apple Onion Pizza recipe.

  10. I would like to try the Apple Caramel Crumb Cake recipe.

  11. So many yummy recipes! The apple caramel cheesecake bars recipe on their site looks delicious!


  12. Starr Greenwell says:

    I would like to try the apple, bacon walnut salad.

  13. Mary Somerville says:

    I would like to try the Baked Tomato Casserole.

  14. Mary Somerville says:
  15. I want to try the Apple Chicken Salad recipe

  16. I would love to try the creamy ranch potato soup.

  17. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Apple Caramel Crumb Cake sounds into the tasty realm

  18. Stephanie V. says:

    Bistro Chicken Salad – yum!

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  19. Adam Messing says:

    Allin on the Apple Chicken Salad

  20. Adam Messing says:
  21. i want to try the fried chicken salad

  22. I want to try the Brick Chicken and the Cherry Pork and Noodle recipes.

  23. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Hey, I’d love to try the Artichoke Bruschetta!

  24. I want to try the Apple Tartlets

  25. I would like to try the apple upside down cakes

  26. Wow, lots of delicious looking recipes to try! I think I’d start with the Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars :)

  27. I would like to try the Artichoke Bruschetta recipe.

  28. I’d love to make the Caramel Cashew Pie. It looks so delicious!

  29. Susan Chester says:

    I would like to try the apple pear slaw. Perfect for fall!
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  30. Monique Rizzo says:

    Baked tomato casserole sounds so good.

    Thanks for the chance.


  31. I’d like to try the Asian Shrimp With Mango Pepper Salad.

  32. joseph gersch says:

    Apple caramel crumb cake

  33. Ginger Sesame Noodles!

  34. Baked Zucchini Fries! Yummy!

  35. Danielle F. says:

    I’d love to try the Tomato Basil Stuffed Chicken Breast!

  36. Kim Henrichs says:

    These look amazing! I would love to try the Creamy Chicken Cacciatore!

  37. Kim Henrichs says:
  38. I definitely want to try the following: Tuscan Bean Soup and Apple Chicken Salad. Delicious! :)

  39. Lauren-Olivia Wood says:

    I want to make the Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars!

  40. i want to try the Apple Turnovers recipe

  41. i want to try the Artichoke and Ham Bruschetta

  42. Oh my…these recipe you tried look so good. I want to make this Mixed Berry Cream Cakes. yum
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  43. I’d like to try the Roasted Butternut squash and apple salad

  44. I would like to try the Apple Turnovers–a favorite snack and you can even pretend it is all good for you!

  45. I would love to make the Creamy Mustard Chicken.

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  46. i want to try the green bean casserole

  47. Carla Pullum says:

    Love to try the recipe Sicilian Sandwich

  48. I’d like the apple turnover recipe.

  49. Wild Orchid says:

    I really want to try the Quick Fix Garlic Toast Pizza.

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  51. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Want To Try The Apple Tartlets Recipe!

  52. Heather Hayes Panjon says:
  53. Apple Caramel Cheesecake bars sound yummy!

  54. I’d try the Apple Onion Pizza

  55. Marcia Goss says:

    I would like to try the Cool Cucumber Sandwiches.

  56. Marcia Goss says:
  57. Patty Hancock says:

    I would love to try the apple caramel crumb cake. It looks so delicious.

  58. Berry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake sounds like something I would really love to try!

  59. I want to try theApple Cabbage Slaw Recipe.

  60. Apple Turnovers sound good

  61. Rebecca Graham says:

    I want to try the Asian beef salad.

  62. Eugenia Hall says:

    The Baked Acorn Squash recipes look so good.

  63. Wanda McHenry says:

    I want to try the Apple Turnovers

  64. Wanda McHenry says:
  65. Would like to try the apple tartlets

  66. Karen Drake says:

    I want to try the Apple Carrot Cake.

  67. I want to try the Green Bean Casserole. It is different then the way I make it and looks good.

  68. I want to try the Bachelor Salad! A local restaurant I like does a lettuce wedge salad similar to this and it’s delish!

  69. I want to try the apple turnover recipe.

  70. melissa Resnick says:

    the Roasted Tomato Basil Bread Soup

  71. cheesy noodles and vegetables looks good too

  72. Christina Sparks says:

    I would like to try the apple carrot cake

  73. I would love to try the Apple Caramel Crumb Cake!

  74. I’ll try that recipe for sun-dried tomato and artichoke party cups.

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  75. I really want to try the creamy corn pudding.

  76. The caramel carrot cupcakes sound amazing

  77. I would love to make the Apple Caramel Cheesecake bars

  78. kathy pease says:

    id love to try the Antipasto Platter that looks yummy :)

  79. kathy pease says:
  80. I went to their site and want to try the apple carrot cake recipe.

  81. Sarah Marshall says:
  82. I’d like to try the apple pear slaw recipe!

  83. I’d like to try the Baked Acorn Squash Wedges.

  84. I will be trying the Grilled Shrimp Wrapped in Prosciutto

  85. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    id love to try the artichoke bruscetta!

  86. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  87. I want to try the “CARAMEL CARROT CUPCAKES”.
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  88. thischickwins says:

    the apple cabbage slaw

  89. I would like to try the Banana Caramel Cream Pudding Cups. thank you!!

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  91. I want to try Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars! :-)

  92. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would make the Apple Onion Pizza

  93. Thomas Murphy says:
  94. I’d like to try the green bean casserole recipe for Thanksgiving!

  95. I would like to try Buffalo Chicken Wrap Sandwiches

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  96. susan smoaks says:

    I would like to try the apple carrot cake recipe

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