There is nothing quite as satisfying as a bowl of rich, hearty soup. Soups are eaten in almost every corner of the world and over the years, certain soups have become associated with particular countries- Italy is no exception, with several regions boasting claim to some of the world's best soups. The White Bean Soups of Tuscany are unforgettable: white beans in a rich, thick broth laden with pasta and vegetables such as carrots, peas, zucchini, broccoli, and garlic. The taste of this rustic yet elegant Tuscan classic will long be remembered. People today eat soup for different reasons than they did yesteryear. Once considered an inexpensive meal for the poor, soup has become popular among the health-conscious consumers of today.