Change up your usual minestrone with fresh green veggies like leeks, spinach, green beans and peas in this delicious soup. And don't worry, I didn't forget the protein - there's just the right amount of quinoa and creamy beans to make it a meal.
For serving (optional):
In a food processor or small size jar of a blender, puree 1/2 cup of the cannellini beans until smooth. Set aside. Add a teaspoon of water if you need to help them blend.
Place a heavy saucepan or stockpot over medium-low heat and add the olive oil, leeks and garlic and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add the veggie broth, quinoa, tomatoes and their juices, and beans that were not pureed in the first step. Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer until the quinoa is cooked - about 10 minutes.
Add the green beans and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the bean puree, spinach, peas and parsley. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
To serve: Transfer to serving bowls and garnish with sliced green onions, chopped fresh parsley and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast (optional).