Easy Tomato Florentine Soup Recipe (Simple Pantry Meal)

Healthy Eating, Pasta, Soup and Stew, Vegetarian | 30 comments

I’m going to tell you a little story that doesn’t really relate to this Easy Tomato Florentine Soup Recipe. Except that in the end you’ll see how the two are related after all. If you don’t care about the story, skim to the end. This Easy Tomato Florentine Soup is definitely worth a try!

One of the (many) things I’ve learned through motherhood is that my plans will never always go as planned. More often than not something throws a kink in the plan and changes our course. It can be as simple as the dinner plans or as major as a move you’d planned on for the last year not working out.

For someone who’s a planner at heart these situations are always kind of a bummer. It’s a difficult thing to have your heart and mind set on something, no matter how small or large, only to take an unexpected turn in another direction. Sometimes those changes end up being for the best, but you never know until after the fact.

easy tomato florentine soup recipe

Eric and I have been planning for the last year that we’d be moving in the Fall of 2011. One thing lead to another and Plan A didn’t pan out, so we went with the flow and moved on to Plan B.

Then Plan A was on again but we were already committed to Plan B. And then Plan B fell through. So here we are. Still in New Mexico for at least another year and not really understanding why.

Because one of these days I’m going to realize that I shouldn’t rely on my plans too much, I’m always glad to have a few more back ups in my reserves. I have to thank my aunt for this recipe. I had given her a copy of Soups, Stews and Chilis for Christmas because she loves soups.

Every time we talk she has another list of recipes that they have tried and loved. I knew I had to try this Tomato Florentine Soup Recipe when she mentioned it during our last conversation.

pasta tomato spinach soup

There are so many recipes in this book such as this Easy Tomato Florentine Soup, that I want to make and I’m sure I would have made this one eventually, but the recommendation couldn’t have come at a better time. Diced tomatoes are something I always have on hand which makes this soup a great pantry meal.

For days when the plans are thrown by the wayside I like to have a few pantry meals, like this Easy Tomato Florentine Soup, up my sleeve. It’s a comforting thing to still be able to put a healthy, enjoyable meal on the table at dinner time even if other aspects of the day have been crazy. Three cheers for a well stocked pantry!

What was your last “plan” that didn’t go according to plan?

Easy Tomato Florentine Soup

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium yellow onion
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
3 - 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes, drained and juice reserved
1 tablespoon minced garlic, about 3 cloves
2 tablespoons flour
2 bay leaves
3-5 cups vegetable or chicken broth (or a combo)
2 cups mini penne, cooked
10 ounces baby spinach, chopped*
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

*Frozen spinach may be substituted. First, thaw the spinach and then squeeze excess water until the spinach is dry.

Another alternative is to use 3/4 - 1 cup Freeze Dried Spinach, which I prefer because I have all the ingredients at any time and I don't have to fuss with thawing frozen spinach. Just stir it directly into the soup before serving.


Heat the butter and olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for 3 minutes. Add the brown sugar, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes (reserve juices for a later use). Cook until the tomatoes begin to dry, about 13 minutes.

Add the garlic to the dutch oven, stir, and cook for about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and continue to cook for another minute.

Stir in the reserved tomato juice and bay leaves. Add 1 cup of broth at a time, whisking after each addition, until desired consistency is reached. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves. Stir in the pasta, spinach and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with Baguette or Rustic Rosemary Garlic Bread and freshly grated Parmesan.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black - March 02, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    This looks great and it does sound simple. You’re right- I have most of these things in my pantry! Score!


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    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies - March 02, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    Hah! We were only going to be in NJ for a year or two, and then we’d move to Texas. We’re still here 5 years later, and no plans to move anytime soon. I’ve never have tomato florentine, but it looks beautiful and tasty.


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    Cookbook Queen - March 02, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I am always in awe at the gorgousness of your photos…it makes me want to eat everything you make!!


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    Cherine - March 02, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    This looks really good!!


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    Smita - March 02, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Looks so yummy. Love to try this.


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    Ann - March 02, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    I love pantry meals. It’s great to pull something out of thin air.


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - March 02, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    Well then, this is my kind of soup since I don’t remember the last time anything went according to plan!


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    MikeVFMK - March 02, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    Plans being changed or canceled is par for the course, but life-changing plans being canceled is another thing altogether.

    Nothing will make up for that but at least you can take comfort in your family and a meal like this. It looks too good for words, so I’ll stop before I begin.


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    Shaina - March 02, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    Most things here don’t go according to plan. Case in point, I have two posts from last week that went unposted. They’ll have to wait a few days. ;)

    The soup looks delicious, and sometimes pantry meals turn out to be the best kind.


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    Tracy - March 02, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    Haha, I can’t think of anything I do that ever goes according to plan. What a great, healthy pantry meal. This is definitely going on my menu!


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    Food Frenzy - March 02, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    You make it sounds so easy! Great stuff.

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  • 12
    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} - March 02, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    I am book marking this page because there are so many days when I need a quick pantry meal. Thank you!


  • 13
    Jaime {sophistimom} - March 02, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    Ugh, that’s a tough question. I have too many, probably just this week alone, that I’ll stress myself out talking about them.

    But your soup is lovely!



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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - March 03, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    I feel like every week I make up a meal plan and then about 2 or 3 days into my plan, I either lose steam or something comes up and I always end up with a fridge full of ingredients that I intended to use but never did. I actually have some tomatoes that are waiting to be used, so I’ll have to make some soup! Thanks for the inspiration.


  • 15
    Kristen - March 03, 2011 @ 10:29 am

    What a gorgeous soup. Sorry your plans are not what they were going to be, but hopefully there will be a great reason in the future for you staying put!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles - March 03, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    I firmly believe there’s a reason for everything. Some day you’ll know why your plans didn’t pan out. On the other hand, I can’t wait to try this soup. I haven’t made anything like this, and am pretty certain it would go over well with my family. How wonderful to have your aunt to talk recipes with!


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    Amber - March 03, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Made this tonight–substituted zucchinie for spinach because it was what I had! Also added some thyme, basil, Worcestershire sauce, and a dash of hot sauce. Soo good with grilled cheeses!


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction - March 03, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    Ha! Most things I have planned go awry! This looks really delicious…I love soup!


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    Laura - March 04, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    This recipe looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. I grew up in NM, and I love it! I would move back there actually. I actually wondered if you lived there when I saw a picture with a cinderblock wall. Such a trademark. Enjoy the rest of your time there! I sure miss the weather, especially during the winter.


  • 20
    Med - March 04, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Very good post today. The Florentine looks wonderful. And your tips are good ones, thanks for sharing, see you next time.


  • 21
    Jamie - March 04, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I am going to make this Katie…we need to hang sometime again since Georgi and Cannon are well!


  • 22
    TheGourmetCoffeeGuy - March 06, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    Great pantry meal, the ingredients are all there…Good spinach tip, thank you. Nice post.


  • 23
    Tina - March 07, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Made this last night and we all loved it! Thank you.


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    Michelle @ Taste As You Go - March 19, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    I feel your pain about having plans for moving fall through. I was planning on moving in with my boyfriend at the end of my lease (end of June) so we could finally end the long-term/long-distance relationship and finally be in the same place. And then… he broke his leg, making getting his house ready to put on the market and looking at suitable places to move a lesser priority. I’m not sure what the plan is now. :-/

    In other news, this soup looks delicious!


  • 25
    Marisa - March 25, 2011 @ 2:33 am

    That looks pretty awesome for a pantry meal! Love the spinach addition – I’ve got a whole bunch I need to use up.


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    Debbie - April 01, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Made this for supper….VERY VERY GOOD!!! Serving it with some very garlicky bread and salad.


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    Annie - September 08, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    It’s been a rainy, chilly few days, so I knew it was the perfect time to try this soup. It was so tasty–and I love the fact that I already had 90% of the ingredients. Such a great recipe!


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    alex cervantes - March 13, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    I made it, it was sooo good. Thanks.


  • 29
    Savita @ ChefDeHome - March 10, 2015 @ 12:26 pm

    This soup looks so delicious and comforting! loved the pictures!


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    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom - June 03, 2015 @ 12:52 pm

    I have included this in my June Real Food Meal Plan post. Thanks for sharing!


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