i'm a tad obsessed with quinoa lately. i had it for the first time oh, about two weeks ago. haven't stopped eating it since. it's so yummy and versatile and a great switch up from my normal brown rice/pasta. so i decided it needed to be turning into a soup, it is fall after all. this soup is light, yet hearty. rich, flavorful, totally satisfying. i was smitten at first bite.
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1.5 c carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite size pieces
2 tsp parsley
1.75 oz canned spinach, drained
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 c chicken broth
1 c water
1 c quinoa, cooked
in a large pot place a swirl of olive oil and turn heat to medium. add your onion and carrots, saute until onions turn translucent. add garlic, chicken, parsley, spinach, tomato paste, broth & water. turn heat to high and once your soup starts to boil turn down and let it simmer for 30 minutes. add quinoa and let cook for another 5 minutes.
enjoy this with a piece of crusty bread to soak up all that yummy broth!
and by the way, the leftovers freeze beautifully. i ate some for lunch today and it was just as good as the night i made it!