Vegetable Quinoa Soup with Red Beans and Spinach

More Soup! Ha!  This time I have a good reason, I swear!  And you’ll thank me because this is utterly divine, delish, delectable, delightful and umm…..ok, there’s no more ‘d’ words in my thesaurus for food descriptions.  It’s just damn good, folks!

Vegetable Quinoa Soup with Red Beans and Spinach | Simply Fresh Dinners

This recipe was made at the spur of the moment because I had some leftover quinoa from the lasagna I made earlier this week. Good excuse for soup, right?  I wanted to make a high protein soup so added some red beans and then lost all perspective after that.  In went the tomatoes, corn, peas, butternut squash, spinach, cilantro and anything else I could find in the fridge.

GoGoQuinoa is offering my readers an exclusive coupon code to purchase the quinoa I used for this recipe.  Just type in GOGOFRESHDINNERS in the coupon code box and you’ll receive 15% off the purchase price until December 14, 2015.  Fabulous!

 I love it when these kind of meals come together just the way you want.  As you’re adding ingredients you begin to see the colors and flavors forming and it’s time for a happy dance!  Turn up the tunes,  crack open a bottle of wine and celebrate the joy of fresh food!

Vegetable Quinoa Soup with Red Beans and Spinach | Simply Fresh Dinners

I scored big with the tortilla chips too because they are gluten free, whole grain and super yummy.  Take a moment and visit the organic section in your grocery store to find a healthy chip, it’s worth it!

The next dish is also one I’ve devised from leftovers – mussels, butternut squash and spinach pasta.  Maybe even a squid ink pasta?  Ha! I see you squinting your eyes!  Come on, let’s be adventurous and create a reason for another happy dance….and a glass of wine.  Cheers!

Vegetable Quinoa Soup with Red Beans and Spinach
Author: Robyn
Serves: 6
A high protein soup that can be customized to your family’s tastes. Spicy, surprising, and scrumptious!
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1.5 tablespoons sriracha (1.5 teaspoons red pepper flakes if you don’t have sriracha)
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large carrot, cut into small chunks
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 28 oz can of red kidney beans
  • 3/4 cup frozen corn, defrosted
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, defrosted
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well in colander
  • large handful of fresh spinach, chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Garnish options, sliced tomatoes, tortilla chips, yogurt, avocado, fresh cilantro
  1. Preheat a large soup pot over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Saute onion and garlic for 5 minutes until soft. Add sriracha, oregano, cumin and cook for one minute.
  2. Add tomatoes, jalapeno, bell pepper, carrots, butternut squash and 2 cups of broth, bringing it to a boil for 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add remaining broth, beans, corn, peas and quinoa. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes. Check to see if it requires additional salt or pepper.
  4. Stir in spinach for two minutes at end and remove from heat.
  5. Serve with garnish options.
This super nutritious dish is loaded with red beans, spinach and so much more!


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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    December 3, 2015 at 11:42 am

    The exact kinda soup I like! Super hearty and filling, none of this “light” just broth kinda stuff 😛 YUM!!

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      December 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      LOL, it’s so funny that you say that Rebecca, because I realized later when I looked at the pics that I had stuffed so many veggies into the bowl that people would wonder if I used any broth! I’m with you! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
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    December 3, 2015 at 11:53 am

    One never tires of soup in the winter months. I say, bring them on…..LOL Suchch a lovely soup and the pictures are so colorful. Missing you too sweet friend. Looking forward to our chat. Lots of love from W.W. xo
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    anita rivera
    December 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Good morning sunshine! This is my favorite combo…spinach and beans. The extra ingredients that you use look delicious!!!!! I hope you are well sweet friend!

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    December 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    There is never enough soup for me during winter! We cook soup almost every day now, when it’s finally getting cooler in Austin. I love the flavor in this dish! So comforting 🙂 I will check out the quinoa for sure, thanks for sharing the coupon!

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      December 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Don’t you love that it’s so easy to make and so darn delicious, Maggie? Best thing is that you’re eating all your veggies and it tastes like a gourmet meal 🙂

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    December 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    YUM!! I would eat soup all year long, but especially crave it in the winter months. This looks delicious! And so healthy!
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      December 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      I’m with you, Jenn, soup is the best! I could happily just create soups all day long, I think, lol. Thank for your kind words 🙂

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    December 4, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Robyn, you create the best soups. I love everything about this one, and your photos are gorgeous! Ever think about writing a soup book? Have a great weekend!

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      December 6, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Marie! Uh oh, don’t put the soup book idea in my head or I’ll be doing nothing but, lol. I’m about to put together an ebook for the blog though so that’s a step in the right direction.

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    December 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Oh Robyn, what a delicious looking soup! And the colors are just lovely….they make the soup look extra appetizing 🙂 You know, when I was a young girl I was not fond of soup, but now that I am older I can’t get enough of it. I could have it every day for lunch 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. I think I shall have to try it soon. Happy weekend! Hugs!

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      December 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      I’m with you, Stephanie. I could eat it all year round. I love that it’s so easy to make and so many ways to change it up. Hope your weekend is fabulous, friend. xoxo

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    December 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I love this soup — the red beans and spinach sounds like such an incredibly healthy, and hearty, combination — love the colors, too!
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      December 6, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Sue! I love when a dish comes together so easily. I’ve got to check out your reader’s recipes. I’m currently putting together a Readers’ Submissions page on my blog because I’m getting so many beautiful email with fabulous dishes!

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    December 5, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    This is soup sure looks tasty and healthy ingredients with such color – would be great for a cold Winter’s day. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted.
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      December 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks, Marla. Always a pleasure to join your party each week!

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    GiGi Eats
    December 5, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Sending this one to my veggie-loving bestie ASAP!
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      December 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks, GiGi. Loved your fun post this week 🙂

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    December 10, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Sounds like a bowl of perfection! I love a good vegetable soup on a cold, rainy day (which we have been having many of!) along with a (hopefully) homemade loaf of bread. There are always leftovers which is such a good thing!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    January 2, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I sure could go for a huge bowl of this soup right now! Delicious and healthy and soul warming. Photos are stunning as usual. I am thinking a bowl of this for lunch would really hit the spot! Sharing, of course!

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    February 15, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    This was so good! I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch and I’m not normally a leftover fan at all! Thanks Robyn!
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      February 17, 2016 at 7:32 am

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes, Jenny! This is definitely one of my favs. I love it when a good soup comes together using the ingredients you already have on hand. 🙂
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    Chris Scheuer
    March 5, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    So colorful, so pretty and so full of wonderful ingredients. I would love this soup for breakfast (really!), lunch or dinner. It looks amazing.

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    March 16, 2017 at 2:40 am

    comfort in a bowl ..lovely

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      March 17, 2017 at 4:06 am

      Thanks so much, Namrata! I tried to squish all of my favourites in there, lol.

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