It’s that day of the week again – Meatless Monday! Here’s a great recipe for a filling and delicious soup, conveniently combating the relentless cold weather outside. Whole-wheat orzo pasta, spinach, and white beans are sure to keep you full in this hearty soup. Tomatoes and chile flakes add some spice while freshly grated parmesan finishes the dish on a salty note.
Orzo Spinach Soup
What You Need:
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon chili flakes
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (28 ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup whole wheat orzo
4 cups fresh spinach
2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
salt and pepper, to taste
parmigiano reggiano for grating
What You Do:
1. Place the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrots and saute for about 5 minutes, or until the veggies are beginning to soften. Add the garlic and chili flakes and saute one minute more.
2. Add the tomatoes, stock, and white beans. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for about twenty minutes.
3. Add the orzo and simmer in the soup for about ten more minutes, or until the orzo becomes tender. Add the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes more, or until the spinach is tender.
4. To serve, ladle a generous portion of soup into a bowl. Top with freshly grated parmigiano reggiano and fresh cracked pepper and enjoy!