- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Cloves of Garlic Minced
- 1 Meduim onion chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Oregano
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 Cup green bell pepper diced
- 1/2 Cup red bell pepper diced
- 1 Medium Zucchini diced
- 2 Carrots Sliced
- 2 Cups spinach (tightly packed)
- 1 Cup Frozen Peas
- 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
- 1 6 oz.small can tomato paste
- 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans (white)
- 1 15 oz. can kidney beans (red)
- 5 Cups Water
- 1 Cup small shell pasta
- Cook the pasta according to the package. When it is cooked, drain, and set aside.
- In a large pot heat the 2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium hight heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, carrots, zucchini and bell peppers. Sauté for another 3-4 minutes, until carrots just start to become tender.
- Add the peas, diced tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, and water and bring to a boil for 15 minutes with the lid on. Turn the heat down to low and simmer covered for 45 minutes with the lid still on.
- The last 15 minutes, add the spinach and stir, so it becomes wilted. Place lid back on for remaining 15 minutes.
- In a soup bowl portion out the pasta and pour the soup over top of the pasta. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese if desired.
These ingredients make this soup amazingly flavorful! Make sure you are using the freshest ingredients that you can find. If fresh is not available then frozen is always better than canned. Frozen fruits and veggies are always picked at their picked, and frozen right away to maintain their vitamins, and healthy benefits.
For the pasta, choose whichever kind you prefer…there are no right or wrongs here! I prefer a larger style shell, because my kids associate this soup, as more of a pasta, and are more unlikely to turn their noses up at it! Also, if you feel like adding any additional spices, by all means, feel free! To my palette, when I mix too many herbs & spices, it ruins the flavor, so I stick to one or two.
Try your best to stick to the steps listed in the recipe…if you at one point fall out of order…DO NOT worry! The boiling part at the end will make sure that it all cooks evenly anyway. This is a great recipe for the kids to help out as well. I like to put each ingredient in a small bowl, and let them add it. It makes for a few more dishes, but builds memories of helping out! The point is to have fun, and involve everyone. This is also a great recipe to make after a day at work…quick easy and healthy! After all, that is what we are here for right?!