Soup again? My husband reminded me when he came through the kitchen looking for his dinner last night that it was the second time we had had soup this week. I reminded him it was only fair that I should get to eat things I enjoy every once in a while. I promised we could take a break from soup for a bit. Life and love is all about compromise, is it not?
I really love the flavor in this soup. It has a nice kick, so it's a great way to warm up after a day out on the frozen tundra.
Hearty Red Bean and Rotini Soup
1 cup of small red beans (sorted, rinsed, soaked overnight or using the quick soak method)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves smashed and roughly chopped garlic cloves
1 tsp chicken bullion
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 cups chopped spinach
1 15 oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
1 10 oz can of Rotel diced tomatoes with cilantro and lime
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups uncooked rotini (I used Barilla Plus)
hot sauce (optional)
Heat oil in a large pot. Add the garlic and saute for a minute. Stir in everything but the pasta. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes until beans are tender. Add the pasta and cook uncovered for another 10-12 minutes until pasta is al dente. Garnish with cracked pepper, grated parmesan, and hot sauce if you like things extra spicy.
This soup is warm and hearty. It's definitely one I will enjoy eating again!
One another note, I finally got the chance to see Julie and Julia yesterday. I missed it at the theater. I LOVED IT! I could see it over and over again. Meryl Streep is perfect! I loved the relationship between Julia and her darling husband and I also loved the scene with the lobsters! If you haven't seen this movie yet, sit down yourself down with a big bowl of this soup, some crusty bread, a glass of red wine and watch it!