Alcoeur Apron's Go-To Soup
1 pound ground beef, Italian sausage, or turkey
1 small onion, diced
1 (32-ounce) box low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini or white beans
1 (10 ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen or canned spinach or collard greens (use fresh if you’ve got them on hand)
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Add meat to a large soup pot over medium heat. Break apart and stir until browned. Add onion and continue to cook, about 5 minutes, until soft.
If a fair amount of fat has collected at the bottom of your pan, pour the meat mixture onto paper towels to drain. This may not be necessary for ground turkey or lean beef.
Return meat and onions to the pot and add remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 30 minutes until the flavors have melded. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve alongside crusty whole-grain bread for a filling meal, or add cooked pasta before serving for a heartier meal.
Tip: If you’re cooking for someone who prefers softer food, a good trick for soups or stews is to blend half and add it back into the pot for a smoother texture. You can do this after step 4, before serving.