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  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into small dice
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 3 medium celery stalks, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 medium bell pepper (red or yellow), stemmed, seeded and cut into medium dice
  • 1 pound all-purpose potatoes, unpeeled and cut into medium dice
  • 1 (16 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15.5 ounce) cans cannellini or other white beans, undrained
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth in can or carton
  • 7 ounces loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • Prepared pesto (found in grocer’s refrigerated section)


Heat oil in a soup kettle over medium-high flame. Add onions, and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, bean and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are just tender, about 15 minutes. Add spinach and peas; continue to simmer until spinach wilts, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls, adding a spoonful of pesto to each serving of soup.

For lunch, pack soup in separate leakproof containers. Warm soup in microwave and top with pesto.