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Spinach Orzo Soup

Ingredients 

  • 8 cups liquid (I used 4 cups chicken stock, 4 cups water)
  • 2 cups chopped carrots ($.49) Aldi sale
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained ($.25) Mega Event Sale and coupon
  • 1 10 oz. box frozen spinach, cooked and drained ($.80)
  • 2 cups white beans (or 1 15 oz. can white beans) ($.40)(Or learn how to cook your own beans here.)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic ($.03)
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion ($.05)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning ($.05)
  • 1 1/4 cup orzo pasta ($1.99)
  • Parmesan cheese for each serving ($.25)

Instructions

  • (If needed, cook the dried navy beans. Drain.)
  • In a large Dutch oven or soup pot, add the liquid, then add the carrots, diced tomatoes, spinach, beans, garlic, onion and seasoning. Bring to a rolling boil.
  • Once boiling, add the orzo pasta and let cook for 7-8 minutes.
  • Ladle into serving bowls and add a little Parmesan cheese to each bowl.
  • Serve as is, or with a side salad or bread.