115-ouncecan white beans or chickpeas(rinsed + drained)
2cupsgluten-free pasta noodles* (I like Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Fusilli)
1cupkale or spinach (or other green // roughly chopped)
Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add water, onion, and garlic and stir. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add carrots and green beans and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened slightly and have some color.
Add zucchini, fire-roasted tomatoes, vegetable broth, basil, oregano, nutritional yeast, red pepper flake (optional), coconut sugar, and beans. Stir to coat.
Increase heat to medium-high and bring soup to a strong simmer. Then reduce heat slightly to medium-low until the soup is simmering but not boiling. Add pasta and stir. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, reducing heat if needed to keep the soup at a simmer.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste soup and adjust seasonings as needed, adding coconut sugar to balance the flavors (optional). I added more dried basil, oregano, and salt.
Add kale or spinach (or other green) and stir. Cook for another 3-4 minutes to wilt the kale and allow the flavors to meld together. Turn off heat and let rest for a few minutes before serving.
To serve, divide soup between serving bowls and garnish with fresh herbs and vegan parmesan cheese (optional).
Store leftovers in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days or the freezer up to 1 month. Be careful not to overheat the soup when warming leftovers, as the pasta is tender once cooked and will get mushy if overcooked.
*3 cloves garlic yield ~1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic. *To keep this recipe grain-free, use a grain-free pasta or omit and sub more beans or vegetables! *Recipe inspiration from Food Network. *Nutrition information is a rough estimate.