hearty red bean and rotini soup

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
by theUngourmet

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)

For garnish
cracked pepper
grated parmesan
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.

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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!



Jeannie said...

This looks like a very wholesome meal by itself. I wouldnt mind eating this as a meal.

Angie's Recipes said...

Come on, this is more than just a soup! He didn't want it? I bet there are people queuing to want this soup!

Bellini Valli said...

Due to our most recent cold spell this would hit the spot!!!!

Chef E said...

You tell him baby! Then sing this Carole King song to him...my middle name is soup and oh its so nice!

In January it's so nice
While slipping on the sliding ice
To sip hot chicken soup with rice
Sipping once, sipping twice
Sipping chicken soup with rice

In February it will be
My snowman's anniversary
With cake for him and soup for me!
Happy once, happy twice
Happy chicken soup with rice

In March the wind blows down the door
And spills my soup upon the floor
It laps it up and roars for more
Blowing once, blowing twice
Blowing chicken soup with rice

In April I will go away
To far off Spain or old Bombay
And dream about hot soup all day
Oh, my, oh, once, oh, my, oh, twice
Oh, my, oh, chicken soup with rice

In May I truly think it best
To be a robin lightly dressed
Concocting soup inside my nest
Mix it once, mix it twice
Mix that chicken soup with rice

In June I saw a charming group
Of roses all begin to droop
I pepped them up with chicken soup!
Sprinkle once, sprinkle twice
Sprinkle chicken soup with rice

In July I'll take a peep
Into the cool and fishy deep
Where chicken soup is selling cheap
Selling once, selling twice
Selling chicken soup with rice

In August it will be so hot
I will become a cooking pot
Cooking soup of course-why not?
Cooking once, cooking twice
Cooking chicken soup with rice

In September, for a while
I will ride a crocodile
Down the chicken soup-y Nile
Paddle once, paddle twice
Paddle chicken soup with rice

In October I'll be host
To witches, goblins and a ghost
I'll serve them chicken soup on toast
Whoopy once, whoopy twice
Whoopy chicken soup with rice

In November's gusty gale I will flop my flippy tail
And spout hot soup-I'll be a whale!
Spouting once, spouting twice
Spouting chicken soup with rice

In December I will be
A baubled, bangled Christmas tree
With soup bowls draped all over me
Merry once, merry twice
Merry chicken soup with rice

I told you once, I told you twice
All seasons of the year are nice
For eating chicken soup with rice

Pull it up on the net, its so cute...mix it once, mix it twice...ah soup is so nice. la la la

TKW said...

This looks like comfort in a bowl! Glad you finally got to see J&J...it was awesome, huh?

~Kathie~ said...

This soup looks delicious!!!
And I loved the movie Julie and Julia too!! I saw it in the theater but would love to have it on DVD so I could see it again!!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

WOW! This is a fantastic meal. Great photo too!

Mary said...

Life is about compromise :-) I would love a bowl of your soup right now. It looks and sounds delicious.

Joanne said...

There is no such thing as too much soup in the winter. Absolutely no such thing. Especially when it is as hearty and delicious as this. And has pasta in it.

I compromise in the kitchen as well. By which I mean that I cook what I want and compromise my desire to keep it all to myself by letting other people eat some of it. Sometimes. Haha. But yes life and love IS all about compromise.

pigpigscorner said...

My hubs would complain too if I cook soup that often =P I don't mind though, love soup!

Claudia said...

I'd happily have soup for dinner every night of the week. This is a definite winner. When you wake up to minus four degrees F - you just don't crave a salad. Delicious!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

I love soup like this where it actually looks like a MEAL!!! I could eat that up right now! Have a great weekend ~ ♥

A Year on the Grill said...

we all need a great soup recipe...like this!

Tara said...

Soup is like comfort you want to swim in during winter--looks yummy!

Jenn said...

Yippy for soup!! That reminds me that I need to get me some beans.

Catherine said...

Mmmmmm soup! This looks so good! I could go for a bowl of this right now!

jenjen said...

Yummy! I want some of that for dinner tonight!

Hey, I'm having a linky party on Monday about homemade gifts and was wondering if you would want to link up a foodie one? You have the best ideas. It can be an old post too so no need to write a special one. I think people would love to see your ideas! Hope you are having a great weekend Kim!


teresa said...

my husband pitches a fit everytime i make soup too, but then always ends up liking it, go figure :-). this looks so warming and hearty, love it!

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Your a girl after my own heart with this soup! So spicy and warming and comforting! I know I couldn't resist!

sophia said...

lol, in this weather...all I want is soup as well!
I had the last of my soup for lunch!

Sweet and Savory said...

My husband has been asking me for soup daily and this recipe sounds filling and tasty enough to make it for him.

Dajana said...

Oh, I love soups. I could live on soups.
Of course, my husband won't eat it more than once a week.

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Cathy said...

I agree, Kim, Julie & Julia was a wonderful movie. And your soup looks pretty wonderful too. I could eat soup every day during this cold weather.

Allyson said...

My husband feels this way about how badly I abuse the crockpot. I think his exact words last week were "oh you cooked in the crockpot again??" And yes, usually it's soup. But you can have all the salad you want, buddy, in July.

Didn't you just LURVE "Julie and Julia"?? I think probably poor Julia wasn't terribly thrilled by it, although she should have been flattered. But I'm with you, I could see it a hundred times. Just don't ask me to de-bone anything!

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HEY... you won the chili pepper calender I offered on my website... Send me an address to


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doggybloggy said...

dang I wish I could walk next door, give you a few cookies or tamales or something and walk away with a quart of this!

Katy ~ said...

A bowl of this wonderful soup and a loaf of bread to sop up all those gorgeous juices, and I'm in heaven!! Looks soup-er good!!

Faith said...

This is a fantastic looking soup. It doesn't get any better than a hot bowl of soup like this on a cold night!

Julie said...

This soup sounds perfect to me! I'm dying to see that movie, just hasn't happened for me yet.

Pam said...

I made soup twice a couple of weeks ago, and with leftovers, it seemed like we ate soup the whole week. Not complaining, though!

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Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Oh I'm so sad I haven't seen Julie and Julia...might have to be a Netflix viewing for me!

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

Great soup! Perfect for this cold snap. My hubby gets "souped out" once in a while too, the trick for him is to have very little water.. ;-)
Glad you liked the movie, I haven't seen it either.

Di said...

Hello Kim, what a wonderful site you have! I see many different recipes coming out of our kitchen. So nice to meet another from the Pacific northwest.

Anonymous said...

That soup looks and sounds delicious! I've had soup on the brain lately and think this would be a big hit in my house. Nice to meet you, I'm so glad I came by to visit! Chef E I love that song and the Maurice Sendak book it came from!

Cucinista said...

Soup, wonderful soup!

Danielle said...

you're soup looks fabulous. my husband would have something to say too if I served soup twice a week LOL.

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