simple minestrone soup

There have been some shifts at work for David.  As a result, he has been coming home in the evenings a little more stressed than usual.  I usually pick him up from the T-stop and we drive home together catching each other up about our daily activities.  While I gush about the kids and sometimes laugh about some gaffe from the classroom, he typically shares a few stories about how much he is learning each day.  Lately, though he has been too tired for this banter.  Instead, we steer off the highway and into some fast food joint just to get a meal in before heading home for him to do more work or catch up on sleep.  Last night we broke from this convenient yet poor habit and I finally decided that what we both needed (but what he needed most) was a solid home cooked meal.  Something warm and comforting on this early Fall night was my goal for dinner.  The go to recipe for this occasion was my simple minestrone soup.

While this could be made as a vegan recipe with vegetable stock, my cupboard only contained chicken stock so we went with that.

In  a large stock pot drizzle some olive oil and chop between 4 and 5 cloves of garlic

Chop two medium white onions and add to the garlic and olive oil to sauté in the pot

While the onions and garlic are cooking, feel free to season the mixture as you like. I usually add some black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, and basil.  I add a lot of red pepper because we really enjoy food with some heat to it.

When the onions and garlic are fragrant and soft, our in the chicken (or vegetable) stock and two large cans of diced tomatoes.  My favorite tomatoes are the of the San Marzano variety.

Bring the soup to a boil and toss in about  half a box of your favorite pasta.  David is obsessed with fusilli so this is literally the only type we eat!

Rinse off a can of white beans and toss them into the boiling mixture.  This adds a nice bit of protein to dinner.

Once the pasta has cooked inside of the soup, toss in handfuls of spinach.  I use the whole bag .

Dinner is served!

I knew it was a job well done when sitting crossed legged over our coffee table, David turned to me and said "That's just what I  needed." =)