Two Bean and Tomato Stew With Orzo

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins

Made from ingredients you likely already have on hand, it's super-quick and healthy. If you buy parmiggiano reggiano - NEVER throw out the rind. Stick it in your freezer and add to stews or soups for an easy flavour boost without adding many calories. I pulled this from a local paper a couple of years ago and have left it on the side of my fridge for frequent reference! The cheese rind is my addition - you could also start the stew with diced bacon if you felt like it. Because of the pasta, I find I have to add some water or chicken stock when heating leftovers to thin it out a tiny bit.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add garlic during the last minute or so.
  4. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the beans (rinsed and drained), the stock, cheese rind, dried herbs and pepper.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add pasta, return to a boil, then reduce the heat again and simmer until the pasta is cooked to your liking.
  7. Serve garnished with parmesan (and parsley, if you feel like it).
Most Helpful

This is a very excellent soup. So simple and inexpensive, yet really delicious. I served it with homemade garlic croutons. It was fantastic! I will make again and again.

Howtex January 07, 2005