It’s exciting experiencing fall all over again.
We lived in Los Angeles for the past three years and haven’t been able to experience a proper fall season in awhile. I automatically have a craving for soup when the weather gets cold. Which is funny, because my craving for ice cream is truly year-round.
I’ve been trying to do more weekend meal prep lately, just so I have some healthy lunch options and don’t just default to pizza or burgers. I was inspired this month by a bunch of great meal prep recipes in Cooking Light and finally found some time to try this one out!
You can use whatever vegetables you have on hand, but I find that the zucchini and spinach cook easily – I imagine with carrots, they would still be tough unless you cooked them ahead of time.
These tomato vegetable pasta soup jars are super easy to make. All you need to do is add hot water to your Mason jar at work or dump it all into bowl, add water and let it sit and stir.
Shortcuts – I use a container of fresh store-bought low sodium Marinara sauce from the refrigerated pasta section at the grocery store. I don’t have spiralizer, so I buy zucchini noodles from the produce section at Whole Foods OR I hit up the salad bar and buy the exact amount of zucchini that I need.
Tomato Vegetable Pasta Soup Jars
(adapted from Cooking Light)
Makes 4 jars
- 2 cups low-sodium Marinara sauce
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 2 cups cooked pasta
- 1.5 cups zucchini noodles
- 1 small box or bag of baby spinach
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- Layer about 1/2 cup of Marinara sauce into the bottom of a 500 ml / pint Mason Jar
- Season with salt & pepper
- Add a layer of cooked pasta, about 1/2 cup
- Add a layer of zucchini noodles, push everything down
- Add a handful of baby spinach
- Add a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese
- Pop a lid on your jars and stash in the fridge until you’re ready to use
- Add hot boiling water to the top of jar when you’re ready to eat, let stand for 3 minutes and enjoy!
Loved this? See my other meal prep ideas. The Type A in me finds it all incredibly satisfying.