tasty tuesday ~ celebrating soup ~ hearty spinach soup...

This scrumptious pot of soup was another winner with my boys. If your going to take away the meat you had better have a plan to satisfy the carnivore's at the table. This soup does that by adding  the texture and weight of the garbanzo beans and cooked brown rice. They elevate a simple broth based soup with some wilting spinach up a notch into the full meal deal category. 

The other bonus with this recipe is the addition of the dried rosemary. It's a hearty herb and brings a lovely balance to the mushroom and beans. It really surprised me, in a good way. I am much more open to vegetarian dishes when they don't taste like cardboard. So give this recipe a try. I can't wait to see what you think. 

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Hearty Spinach Soup
adapted slightly from Gooseberry Patch Weeknight Dinners Cookbook


1 T olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
10 oz pkg shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced and stems removed
7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 t dried rosemary, crushed
15 oz can garbonzo beans
2 cups cooked brown rice or barley
1 16oz package of fresh baby spinach
coarse salt and pepper to taste
Garnish with 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.  Cook onion for about 5 minutes, until tender, stirring often.  Add garlic and mushrooms; cook stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until tender.  Add broth and rosemary; bring to a boil.  Cover and remove from heat.  Add beans and cooked rice to broth mixture; return to a boil, Reduce to a simmer; cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.  Stir in spinach, cook just until wilted, about one minute.  Season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with cheese, serve immeadiately.  Serves 6 to 8.