I have found through my cooking experiences that soups are very easy, delicious and can be extremely nutritious because you can hide lots of veggies and good stuff in them.
About three months ago I was looking for a soup recipe after I saw a picture a friend posted of some soup that looked really good. There are some different variations of this soup on Pinterest but after making it a few times, I have perfected the recipe for my family while keeping it organic and very healthy.
I decided to make the soup for dinner tonight because it had been rainy all day and my family loves when we have it for dinner. The best things about it are:
- The ingredients are all organic.
- The soup is really easy and quick to make (a 15-20 minute prep time.)
- It’s light and healthy.
- It’s a great low sodium option for those cutting salt out of their diet.
Soup Recipe With Soup-er Easy Instructions
1. Start by peeling and chopping the carrots and chopping the spinach as well. Set these aside, and keep them separate.
2. Put some olive oil in a soup pot with the carrots and garlic and sauté them. If you like onions, add them at this point. Once the carrots are partially cooked, add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth and the spinach.
3. Using the empty tomato can, and add a can-ful of water.
4. The next ingredients are white (or cannellini beans.) When I don’t have 2 cans, I’ve used one can of cannellini and one can of light red or dark red kidney beans. Drain and rinse your beans before dumping them in. Let the broth and veggies cook altogether while moving onto your next step.
5. In a separate pan, cook off a pack of bacon–the organic, nitrate free kind. After the bacon is crisp I usually cut it into small pieces and add it to the soup. You can also save it and use it as a garnish when serving the soup.
You can add some salt and pepper if you want but usually the bacon makes it saltier and it doesn’t need it.
I serve this soup with Ditalini pasta that I cook separately. For those that don’t eat pasta, you can have the soup plain and it still tastes great.
Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese for a super delicious touch, but to keep it low calorie you may want to skip the cheese and pasta.
This is a variation of Minestrone but one of our family favorites. I hope you enjoy it!
The Benefits Of Soup
Just as a side note there are many health benefits to eating soup. The first is that many soups can be made as part of a weight loss diet. In addition to this some soups help to build the immune system, improve overall health and skin, and nourish the body [source: http://www.healthcareveda.com/post/Health-Benefits-of-Soup-in-Your-Diet.aspx].
Fresh soups (not canned) are always best. That said, we will be offering many more soup recipes in the coming months.
Spinach, Bacon & Bean Soup Recipe
Cook Time: 1 Hr
2 Cans cannellini beans
1 Can of water
2 Cups organic spinach
6 Organic carrots
1 Quart organic chick broth
1 Pack of organic bacon
1/2 Tsp of minced garlic
A dash of olive oil