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Hearty Tuscan Soup

Tortellini, tomatoes, kidney beans, and spinach come together for a quick and easy semi-home made soup that is both family-friendly and also hearty enough to stand alone as dinner.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Comfort Foods, Italian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Stock Pot or Dutch Oven
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium-Large Onion Small to medium dice
  • 28 oz Vegetable Broth Or more to taste
  • 28 oz Canned tomatoes Crushed or diced, plain or Italian style
  • 1 package Cheese tortellini or potato perogi Fresh or frozen. Oh, BTW, did you know I'm Polish? Perogi is also Polish--but I've never personally prepared it or served it. I use cheese tortellini here. Also, I sometimes double the packages because my kids love tortellini. You can also use homemade here, but that would no longer make this recipe "quick" or "easy."
  • 1 15 oz can Red kidney beans Rinsed and drained. You can also use dry beans and cook them separately. That's what I will do today because I want to use the kidney beans again later this week in another recipe.
  • 4 cups Fresh baby spinach Chopped
  • 1-2 tsps Italian Seasoning Fresh herbs would be lovely as well. If you have fresh basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, and thyme, then use them instead! Chop them up and add the rosemary and thyme earlier since they are hardier herbs and need more time to soften and incorporate into the dish. (see instructions)
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
  • Grated Parmesean Cheese Optional

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and dash of salt, then lower heat to medium. Saute until the onions are soft--about 5 minutes. Enjoy this moment, because the scent of onions sauteed in olive oil is one of the best things in life.
  • If using dried seasonings, add them now. If using fresh, only add the rosemary and thyme. Stir for a minute or so until fragrant.
  • Add the vegetable broth and canned tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add another dash of salt here too.
  • Add the tortellini/perogi and bring back to a boil. Simmer for about 4 minutes (a minute or two longer if you are using frozen).
  • Add beans, spinach, and the basil, parsley, and oregano (if using fresh herbs) and stir until fully incorported and heated through (1-2 min).
  • Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with optional parmesean cheese or garnish with fresh basil. For an extra burst of flavor, squeeze some fresh lemon over the bowls just before adding the parmesean cheese or instead of the parmesean cheese.
Keyword Easy, Healthy, pasta, quick, vegetarian