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A gold spoon in a small white bowl of Easy Winter Soup with Beans on a yellow tea towel

Easy Winter Soup with Beans

April Saunders
This Easy Winter Soup with Beans is perfect for warming you up on cold nights. Plus, it packs a punch of nutrition with spinach, tomatoes, quinoa and high-protein beans!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 cups quinoa, cooked Quinoa expands almost 3 times after cooking (1 cup dry = 3 cups cooked approx.)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, packed
  • 1-28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-19oz can white kidney beans (cannellini beans) rinsed and drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
    a small pot with quinoa cooking in it on a stovetop
  • When the quinoa is almost done, heat oil on medium in large pot.
    oil in a large pot heating up
  • Saute onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes.
    Chopped onions and garlic in a large pot with oil being stirred by a wooden spoon
  • Add spinach and cook for another minute, stirring frequently, until spinach is completely wilted.
    large soup pot fill with spinach and onions, garlic with a wooden spoon
  • Add in tomatoes, broth, spices, quinoa, and beans. Add some fresh ground pepper here too. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes on medium heat.
    large soup pot showing beans, spices, quinoa and tomatoes
  • Taste before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
    large soup pot with spinach and tomato soup with a ladle

Notes

Makes about 12 cups of soup total.
Sometimes I'll use rice in place of the quinoa if I have leftover rice in the fridge.
If you like a thicker soup, add more quinoa/rice.
You can also add in celery or chopped carrots if you have veggies you want to use up.
This soup is great for leftovers too. If you use rice, I'll have to add a bit more water or broth when I'm re-heating leftovers as the rice will take on some of the water. 
Keyword easy soup, soup, winter soup