It is hard to believe Thanksgiving has come and gone. I am still counting my blessings this Sunday morning as I have so much to be thankful for. My family has been struggling through a difficult task, and I continue to be amazed at the kindness and thoughtfulness of others. Even people who do not know me very well have shed their love upon my family and me. I have been truly humbled these past few weeks, especially as a person who thinks she can do it all on her own. Well, I’ve learned I most certainly cannot.
This recipe is perfect to make for someone who may be struggling with something in their life. It is amazing what a home cooked meal from a friend or stranger can do for morale. You think for a moment that everything will work out. Food is powerful, especially when it is made with love and consideration. Enjoy and share this comforting recipe that will warm your soul indeed.
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 T. olive oil
- 8-10 cups vegetable broth
- 2 20 oz. Northern white kidney beans
- 2 14 oz. diced tomatoes
- 3 T. tomato paste
- 2½ t. garlic powder
- 2 t. fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 t. salt
- ½ t. pepper
- ½ t. dried basil
- 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1 cup cooked small macaroni
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Saute onion and garlic in butter and olive oil in a large pot until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes.
- Next, add broth, 1 can of Northern white kidney beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes, and all liquid from the cans.
- Then, stir in garlic powder, tomato paste, parsley, salt, pepper, and dried basil.
- Cook on medium-low heat for 1½ hours.
- Remove ½ of the soup into a food processor and blend until smooth, or pulse an immersion blender for several minutes throughout the entire soup.
- Pour blended soup back into the pot if you used a food processor.
- Add remaining cans of Northern beans and diced tomatoes, fresh spinach, fresh basil (reserve some for garnish), cooked macaroni, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. Stir.
- Continue to cook on medium-low heat for ½ hour.
- Serve warm with crusty bread!