Hearty Spinach and Bean Soup

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Make Popeye proud! This satisfying soup is ready faster than you can say “I am what I am!” Fresh spinach, low in calories and high in phytonutrients, protein-packed beans and dashes of cinnamon and cumin make this soup super delish! Add depth with fire-roasted tomatoes or smoked paprika. Serves 4.

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 15-ounce can low-sodium kidney or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 24-ounce can low-sodium tomatoes, chopped, undrained
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, low-sodium
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • pepper to taste

Recipe Directions

  1. In a large soup pot stir in first 6 ingredients.
  2. Heat soup to boiling; reduce heat and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir spinach into soup. Season to taste with pepper.
Per serving: 155 calories, 10 gm protein, 28 gm carbohydrate, 2 gm fat, 0 gm sat fat, 0 gm mono fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 8 gm fiber, 115 mg sodium
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THE SEASONED COOK It’s easy to use spinach these days because it comes pre-bagged. Just rinse and cut off the stems. Spinach packs a wallop of beta-carotene and is rich in other vitamins and minerals.

6 thoughts on “Hearty Spinach and Bean Soup
  • Susie says:

    Do the tomatoes have enough “broth” (so that you end up with “soup”) that you don’t need to add any low-sodium vegetable stock, chicken stock or water?

  • Susie says:

    FYI – this recipe was amended sometime after my Oct. 29 comment and the author added in the “2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, low-sodium” which was missing from the original recipe.
    Made the soup this past week and it was delicious! I was a little nervous about adding a whole tsp. of cinnamon, so I only added a half (and I also basically doubled the recipe as I making it!) and I liked that the cinnamon was a very savory, subtle element. Also sauteed the onion in a little olive oil first to add additional “depth”… Will definitely make this again!

  • Jo Sanders says:

    Made this last night Susan! Love Love Love the cumin and cinnamon together. Surprising! Next time will try the fire roasted tomatoes.

    • Susan says:

      This soup definitely has medicinal purposes for that cold midwest weather! Roasted tomatoes or even smoked paprika add that earthy flavor that really works!

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