Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Healthy and savory Italian favorite ...
I wanted something I could make without going to the grocery store. Turns out I had all the ingredients to make this hearty soup. It has that simmered-all-day flavor but takes just minutes to prepare. I love the spinach ... it adds color, texture and lots of nutrition!
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 package (9 oz) cheese-filled tortellini
3 large carrots, peeled & sliced into coins
1 can Italian diced tomatoes
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 - 6 oz bag baby spinach
Grated parmesan cheese
1. In a large pot, bring broth, water and Italian seasoning to a boil. Add tortellini and simmer for 3 minutes. Add carrots and simmer for an additional 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Add spinach and simmer for 2 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender and spinach is wilted.
2. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with Parmesan cheese. Serves 4.