Heart Healthy Vegetable Soup Recipe
In a large saucepan, cover beans with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat. Let beans stand in the water (covered) for 1 hour. Drain beans and set aside.
Lightly coat a medium skillet with nonstick cooking spray, and heat until skillet is hot. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic and sauté until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a crock pot.
Add vegetables, beans and remaining ingredients except cheese. Set crock pot on low for at least 4 hours. Season with black pepper (to taste), and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve hot.