Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
From Prevention's Cooking for Good Health, 1994. This is an untried recipe that simply sounds wonderful! It falls under the CORE program if you are a fellow Weight Watcher. Otherwise here is the nutritional info. from the cookbook: Calories...116 Fat...3.8g (29% of cal.) Sat. fat...0.4g. (3% of cal.) Cholesterol...0mg Sodium...119
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cups chicken broth (recipe calls for defatted chicken stock)
- 1⁄2 cup orzo pasta (or other tiny pasta-couscous?)
- 1 lb spinach, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced (or 1 1/2 tsp dried)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- grated parmesan cheese, is (optional)
- In a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic in the oil for 3 minutes, or until the onions look translucent.
- Add the broth(stock) and bring to boil. Reduce the heat to medium low, add the past and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the spinach and tomatoes. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and pepper. Serve with the Parmesan if desired.
I fixed this soup tonight with a few changes and it is delicious. I first sauteed my onions and garlic in coconut oil. I used tiny elbow macaroni. I used fresh kale instead of spinach and threw in fresh Compari tomatoes diced with skins and seeds. To finish I used feta cheese instead of parmesan cheese. Very tasty. I will keep this recipe handy for future use. My husband loved it as well.
This is really good! I used couscous instead of orzo and instead of fresh tomatoes, I used fire roasted diced tomatoes. I will definitly be making this one again, thank you for sharing!
I was pretty accurate in following directions, although I did not peel my tomatoes and I had baby kale on hand instead of the spinach. I did not use a whole pound, either. When the soup was ready, it seemed pretty bland, so I added some lemon pepper and a basil/garlic seasoning that I had (Simple Pinch or something like that). I used white pepper as someone else suggested. It was very good! made for PAC Spring 2014