Spinach and White Bean Soup

The days and nights are finally starting to get cooler here in the SF Bay Area and  my guys love to have soup when it is chilly. I do buy it occasionally, but I also like to make my own because it is pretty easy and is so much healthier. This is one I just kind of threw together one day because I had a bunch of things to use up in the frig! It isn’t anything fancy, but it is warm and healthy! Punch it up with some hot sauce if you like things spicy!

***UPDATE—I WANTED TO CHANGE THINGS UP A BIT AFTER OUR  FIRST BOWL SO ON THE SECOND DAY WE HAD IT,  I ADDED TWO TABLESPOONS OF PLAIN GREEK YOGURT TO THE BOWL AND STIRRED IT IN! SOOO GOOD AND NOW IT HAS PROTEIN!***

(I’M SURE YOU COULD USE SOUR CREAM, BUT THE GREEK YOGURT IS SOOOO GOOD FOR YOU!)

Be sure to use the lemon juice in this soup....makes all the difference!

Be sure to use the lemon juice in this soup….makes all the difference!

Spinach and White Bean Soup

***This is a great soup to use up a parmesan rind you have been saving in the freezer…you have been saving them, haven’t you???***

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbs olive oil

1/2 onion, chopped

2 medium carrot, chopped

4 cups spinach, chopped into 1 ” pieces

2 cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 can  (14-16 oz) diced tomatoes

juice of one lemon

8 cups chicken or vegetable broth

bay leaf

kosher salt

freshly ground pepper

Parmesan Cheese rind (opt)

Parmesan to sprinkle on top before serving

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven pot. Add the garlic, onion and carrot and saute until the onion is translucent then golden, about 7-10 minutes. Add the spinach and stir for 3-4 minutes. Add the beans, tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, lemon juice and bring to a boil. (Add the rind of parmesan now if you are using it.) Turn the heat down and simmer until the spinach is tender, about 20 minutes. If it is thicker than you like, add more broth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

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