Great Northern Bean and Spinach Minestrone

Minestrone with spinachIngredients:

1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 slender carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, rinsed and chopped – include the leaves
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15 oz) cans great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 Parmesan rind
2 T garlic powder
1 bay leaf
1 t oregano
1/2 t thyme
1/4 t black pepper
Dash red pepper flakes, or to taste
2 cups tightly packed fresh spinach, leaves torn in half
1/2 cup soup pasta like acini de pepe
1 T extra virgin olive oil Read More