3 Joanna Gaines Inspired Soups

3 Soups the Joanna Gaines Way

What do I do when bored and waiting in the car for hubs to come out from a store?  Yep.  Watch cooking videos on my phone.

Joanna Gaines released her second cookbook, Magnolia Table, Volume 2 on April 7th.  She is making some of the dishes included in her book on video during quarantine.  How else does such a busy woman occupy her time during quarantine?

On this particular day, Joanna was making Spinach Tortellini Soup.  I loved how she didn’t quite have exactly all the herbs she needed right then, so she improvised.

I was inspired and had a plan for my own version of Joanna’s soup.  Mine came out looking more like minestrone, and it tasted delicious.  Hubs liked it a lot, too.

Spinach soup JG

I chopped the spinach in pieces too small for hubs to pick out.  Full leaves of spinach makes him think it’s too healthy to taste good, and he tends to spoon the wilted leaves out.  Like with my kids when they were young, I try to stay ahead of him and sort of trick him into eating healthy things.  Ha!  Glad it worked this time. 🙂

I had some leftover cooked ground turkey, so I threw that into the pot.  You could omit the meat since there is protein in the beans.  Your choice.

Spinach Minestrone

A quick and easy soup with ground turkey, cannelini beans, tomatoes, and spinach. Yum.

Course Soup
Keyword clean eating, gluten-free, organic vegetables
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic avocado oil
  • 1 pound Ground turkey, organic preferred (optional)
  • 32 ounces Organic vegetable broth
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes (Fire-roasted preferred), NOT drained
  • 1 can Organic cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons Dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Brown rice pasta
  • 3 cups Fresh spinach, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved or shredded - or Feta crumbles ( for garnish)


  1. Saute onions in oil until translucent. Add garlic and saute 2 minutes.

  2. Add ground turkey to pan and cook until browned throughout.

  3. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, beans, and herbs. Heat to a simmer.

  4. Stir whole or chopped spinach leaves into the mixture..

  5. Add raw pasta and cook for 9 minutes or to the tenderness of your liking.

  6. Salt and pepper your soup to taste.

  7. Spoon into bowls. Garnish with shaved or shredded Parmesan cheese (or Feta) and a sprinkle of parsley if desired. Enjoy!

I was on Zoom with friends shortly after, and our Zoom host needed inspiration for dinner that night.  She needed something to make with chicken.  I told her about the soup Joanna Gaines had made and the substitutions I’d made for my own needs.

This is the soup my friend Ginger made that was inspired by Joanna’s soup.  Her spinach soup was delicious, too, and her family loved it.  She sent me this picture.

Soup by JG

Yum!  Ginger doesn’t specify in her recipe, but knowing how she and her family eat healthfully, I’m sure she used clean ingredients.

Ginger's Chicken Minestrone

Clean recipe for soup filled with healthy and delicious goodness. Spinach included.

Course Soup
Keyword clean eating
Servings 4
Author Ginger


  • 4 Chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (organic preferred)
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bell pepper, chopped - color of your choice (I used red)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 32 ounces Chicken broth
  • 1 can Beans, rinsed and drained, any color (I used black beans)
  • 1 can Diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 handfuls Raw spinach
  • 1 teaspoon Dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Italian herbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Cook onion, pepper, and garlic in oil.

  2. Add chicken broth and other ingredients except cheese.

  3. Simmer about ten minutes.

  4. Top individual servings with Parmesan cheese.

If you’re interested in checking out Joanna’s new cookbook, here’s the link on Amazon*.  If you order following this link, I will receive a small commission (and thank you if you do that).

I have no idea how long it would take to receive her book from Amazon right now.  I hear they are slow to deliver the “non-essential items”.  But isn’t this essential right now when we’re cooking every single day?

The differences in pasta (or no pasta) in these recipes doesn’t seem to make a difference.  They each tasted very good to their families. 🙂

Which recipe fits the pantry and freezer items you have right now?  Even if you don’t have all for one recipe, mix and match, and make your own creation.  Have fun with it!


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  • Barb

    Kim — thank you so much for the recipe and the video… Joanne is so cute– this video lightens up my day too… and this looks like a versatile, especially using what you have on hand, and delicious soup. Thanks so much for sharing… stay healthy… and keep looking up. Kindly, Barb

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