spinach, pasta and pea soup

08 Dec

I’m back!  My sister had a beautiful baby boy last Thursday and it derailed my food blogging.  It’s really hard work becoming an aunt 🙂   Nathan Joseph is darling and such a wonderful addition to our family.  And I am thrilled to get my baby fix without having to stay up all night with a crying baby!

I found this in the “Super Fast 20-Minute Cooking” section of Cooking Light’s October 2011 magazine.  It definitely was fast!   Make sure you use the cheese rind and the lemon.  Since it cooks so quickly, it really needs those flavor boosts to season the broth.

p.s. my oven broke again last night! (#@&?!!), so hopefully that won’t derail me as well.  Soup time!

Spinach, Pasta and Pea Soup

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 cups vegetable or fat-free chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • small piece of Parmesan rind
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon rind
  • 1 (15 oz) can no-salt-added chickpeas, drained
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano, or 1/2 tsp. dried
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 (6 oz) package fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and onions, saute 30 seconds, stirring constantly.  Add stock, 2 cups water and Parmesan rind; bring to a boil.  Add orzo, lemon rind, and chickpeas.  Cover and cook 10 minutes or until orzo is done.  Stir in oregano, lemon juice, pepper, salt, and spinach.  Ladle 1 3/4 cups soup into each of 4 bowls; top each serving with about 4 teaspoons cheese.

Using the Weight Watcher’s Calculator, each serving has 7 PointsPlus.


Posted by on December 8, 2011 in pasta, points plus, soups, vegetarian


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3 responses to “spinach, pasta and pea soup

  1. Leigh

    December 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    You are doing a great job as an Aunt!! This looks delicious and easy, which os important with a one week old and two others!

  2. Beth

    December 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    We’re having this tonight. It looks so fast and delicious. I can hardly wait to have dinner.

  3. Beth Aversa

    January 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I’ve made this soup for two friends on separate occasions. They both loved the soup and want the recipe. It is so easy to make and tastes so fresh and wonderful.


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