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Monday, January 23, 2012

My Favorite Soup ~ Tomato, White Bean, Pasta

Who goes on a cleanse in the middle of snowy football season? Oh right, we did.

All is well though because this soup is about warming up after snowy adventures and couch slurping. It reminds me of my favorite macaroni and bean soup growing up - salty, creamy, and comforting.

Snowy Day Soup

olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 28 oz. can tomatoes for a good cause
28 oz. vegetable stock
1 can white beans, rinsed
2 cups kale, chopped
1/3 lb. whole wheat chiocciole pasta (use your favorite GF pasta)
parmesean cheese (optional)


1. Coat the bottom of a soup pan with olive oil, stir in chopeed garlic and onion, let cook until the onion is translucent - 5 minutes

2. Add chopped carrots, herbs, cayenne, and salt - saute for 15 minutes

3. Add jar of tomatoes, stock, and kale

5. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes

6. While the soup is simmering, cook pasta until al dente

7. When the soup has reduced and is the thickness you like, add the pasta and beans, cook together for a few minutes to heat through

Taste and add salt and pepper

Serve in big bowls and top with a couple tablespoons of grated (or shaved with a vegetable peeler) parmesean cheese.

Pick out any pieces your baby would like or let your toddler dive in with a spoon. Dylan loved the beans and pasta.


  1. That is a beautitul soup and I can picture me eating it by the fire. Yum!

  2. I'm terrible at planning healthy meals (raised on take -out) but I feel guilty constantly feeding my more health conscious husband cheesy, meaty dishes. We joined a CSA last summer and someone told us about this website. Since then I've made a few things when I feel we're lacking in nutrients! Your Bean & Butternut stew with quinoa is yummy and we just had this soup for dinner & we loved it. I used the whole bunch of kale (tons of kale) and a half pound of pasta only because I am prone to letting produce spoil if I don't use it immediately so it wasn't very brothy but it was super tasty and hearty. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I'm so glad your family liked it! Good for you to use up a bunch of kale - let me know what else you try out!

  4. Excellent soup base! I added a teaspoon of red curry paste for some kick.

  5. Just made this yesterday. I LOVED IT!

  6. Hello, Love Love Love the recipe... I just made it and am relishing it as I write this.... delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I shared the recipe on my blog and linked it to your post.

    Thanks for sharing.


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