If you are planning to see off that bitter winter, then the Italian bean soup is something which will help you survive it. While it will definitely help you stay warm, it is also extremely nutritious at the same time. The beans are an excellent source of nutrition which will certainly raise that body temperature of yours in the blistering cold. This isn't something fancy which you cannot make at home, so it is time to get off that sofa of yours and start warming up in the kitchen for an exotically flavoured soup. Inviting a friend over before making this soup isn’t a bad idea as you can easily prepare more servings. Soup is really easy to make and can be served to several people without hassle.
White kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained - 1 can (15 ounces)
Italian stewed tomatoes, undrained - 1 can (14-1/2 ounces)
Minced fresh parsley - ¼ cup
Prepared pesto - 1 tablespoon
Uncooked orzo pasta - ¼ cup
Fresh baby spinach - 1 cup
Grated romano cheese - ¼ cup
First you need to saute the onion, celery and potato in oil until they are tender. Then you have to add garlic. You should now cook this mixture for a minute. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, broth, parsley and pesto.
Heat the mixture till it starts to boil. While stirring, add the pasta.
Now reduce heat and cover your cooking bowl for approximately 10-15 minutes. This time may vary depending on how long it takes the pasta to soften.
Just when your soup is about done, it is time to add spinach and cook until it dries.
Your bean soup is ready and now a sprinkle of cheese on each serving will add extra flavour.