Fresh basil adds a bright spark to this vinegary, vegetable-stuffed soup, full of the traditional flavors of the Mediterranean. Alternatively, pesto adds a nutty richness to the soup.

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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add paprika and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add broth, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in spinach and vinegar; continue cooking until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes more. Ladle soup into bowls and top with fresh basil or a dollop of pesto.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Ingredient Note: Convenient cooked and diced potatoes can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce and/or dairy department of the supermarket.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; protein 8.8g; carbohydrates 37.7g; dietary fiber 9.5g; sugars 10.2g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 1.2g; vitamin a iu 12774.9IU; vitamin c 35.7mg; folate 174.9mcg; calcium 202.1mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 127.7mg; potassium 1021.8mg; sodium 642.5mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Very Flavorful This soup is very good. It has a ton of flavor and was quite simple to make. I used the pesto instead of the basil and it added real richness to the soup. We will definitely be eating this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Absolutely delicious! I served it with crusty bread and it was a perfect meal. Take care with the Hot Paprika though. that stuff is hot. Pros: Amazing flavor and easy to make Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great. Super-easy and the whole family loved it. Delish with a little shaved parm on top. I microwaved some potatoes for a few minutes and added those to the soup and it worked great. I feel like it's a great basic recipes that you can definitely play around with depending on what veggies you have. Next time I might try with white beans instead of potato just to switch it up. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
There are just no words for how good this soup is but I'll try to describe it. It's slightly sweet a little spicy and extremely flavorful. In addition it is easy to make. My husband who usually avoids meatless meals loved this. I even find myself craving it from time to time. Please don't try this without the squash (I use zucchini or delicata) or paprika - they are crucial elements. The basil is also a must although it's still good without it. An extraordinary soup! Read More