Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Eat & (try to) look like Giada

I love Giada.

Besides Gwynnie {Paltrow, that is} 

She's my favorite girl crush. 

I my DVR set to record all of her shows...even the old ones! 

I've made a dozens of her recipes over the past few years. 

Her latest cookbook "Weeknights with Giada" is my favorite.

All of the meals are intended to be made after a full day of work - quick and healthy. 

However one of my VERY favorite Giada concoctions, is from years ago and probably the easiest thing she's ever made.  It's her "Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup."

Minimal ingredients.
And really healthy.
I've shared this with a few girlfriends and they love it just as much as I do! 

Ready?  Here we go! 

2 tablespoons olive oil (Giada uses 3 but I think 2 is plenty)
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (26-ounce) jar marinara sauce 
2 (14-ounce) cans chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

~Healthy Tips~
I use a low sodium, fat free broth.  It's only used to thin out the soup, so why not go light?
I also love using Prego's Light Smart marinara sauce! It's all natural, fat free and has two servings of vegetables per serving.  It's like hitting a grand slam in the marinara world series. 

Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium high heat. 
Add the carrots, onion and garlic.
Saute until soft ~ about 2 minutes.

Add in the jar of marinara, chicken broth, pasta and cannellini beans.
I like to rinse the inside of my marinara jar out with the chicken broth in order to get all the saucy goodness.

Spice it up with red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Simmer for 10 minutes and serve! 

We eat this ALL the time - - so I had to figure out the calories per serving making it my way.
Ready for this? 
1,000 calories for the entire pot! 
That's only 250 calories per serving when you ration out 4 (big) servings at about 2 1/2 cups each.
Add a Jr Grands biscuit for just 100 calories and that's a 350 calorie dinner! 

Healthy, hot and delicious. 
No wonder that girl is so damn skinny and perky! 


  1. That looks delicious! I love soups & stews in the Fall. Wonder if I can cook it in the crock pot.

    P.S I love your picture taking for each step. Just be careful you don't drop your phone into the pot!

  2. Looks Delish, will have to try for sure! Maria Kasparian

  3. I love her jar sauce that is sold at Target!


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