Just thinking about this soup makes my mouth water. The flavors fused in this hearty recipe remind me of slower days. Although this soup only takes 30 minutes to prepare and cook, many people today are too busy to take the time.
I never made soup until I became a stay-at-home mom. Prior to that, I was like most moms, juggling a job, housework, homework, and things I can’t even remember. What I do recall is waking up in the morning thinking, Holy Moly, God sure did make some tough humans, capable of climbing tall buildings in a single bound with no sleep!
When I made the switch to stay-at-home mom, I began to realize the importance of homemade meals, not only for the physical health benefit but the emotional and spiritual ones. When you cook with love and sit down with your family to eat a warm savory meal, unexplainable magic takes place.
The past 18 months have been grueling for many. I hope we have learned some valuable lessons. Family time is essential for a thriving spirit. Good food is essential for a stronger body. We need to work on building both. You can do so by adding this easy, time-saving recipe to your toolbox.
Let’s Make Soup
I switched out the chicken broth for vegetable broth. Although chicken broth is nutritionally dense, I am reducing my intake of meat. Americans consume an exorbitant amount of animal protein, and unfortunately, finding a good source of meat these days isn't easy. I prefer free-range, humanely raised.
If you choose to use chicken broth, I highly suggest making it yourself or using an organic source. Either way, both vegetable and chicken broths have health perks.
The garlic in this recipe adds allicin, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic may be hard on the breath, but excellent for the immune system.
The spinach is chock full of iron. Many women today are low on iron leading to a feeling of listlessness. Adding spinach to a diet will assist in providing iron many women are lacking due to today's fast-paced lifestyle. With women pulled in so many directions, she barely has time to eat, never mind eat well. Also, with less sun in the colder months, we miss out on essential vitamin D. A healthy dose of fresh green spinach will remedy the situation.
Cannellini beans have so many benefits they should be called a superfood. Most people know beans contain fiber, but did you know the white bean has potassium and calcium- two important minerals for bone strength?
Beans are low in fat and carbohydrates. They are an excellent way to satisfy your appetite without worrying about the weight.
Spinach and Cannellini Soup
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 1-ounce unsalted butter
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- ½ garlic clove, minced
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed, divided
- 5 ounces baby spinach, chopped
- ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 ounces shredded Swiss cheese (½ cup)
- Heat butter in a pot over medium-high. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in broth, salt, pepper, and 1 can of beans. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, puree the remaining can of beans in a food processor until smooth. Add to soup.
- Stir in spinach and cook until wilted, (1 minute).
- Garnish soup with cherry tomatoes
- Sprinkle with cheese
Share with a loved one and YUM!