Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Claire Spollen
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Serves 1 (serving size: 2 cups)

If sending this soup to school in a lunch box, pack in an insulated thermos and top off with hot water at home. Use a spiralizer to make fun zucchini noodles, or a vegetable peeler for ribbons. Or just finely chop for faster prep.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine marinara, pepper, and salt in the bottom of a 1-pint wide-mouth jar. Layer in pasta, zucchini, spinach, and cheese; seal. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 2

Add very hot water to jar to within 1 inch of rim. Cover and let stand 2 minutes before eating.

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Ratings & Reviews

So Disappointed

September 03, 2016
This caught my eye because it looked like it would be a healthy meal that was easy to transport to work and would still be satisfying. And it was healthy, it was easy to transport, and it wasn't difficult to prepare. However, it honestly just tasted like watered-down marinara and pasta with a salad mixed in. You can't add enough water for it to get to a true soup consistency without overfilling the wide-mouth pint jar, and when you try to stir it up after letting it sit (so you aren't just getting a mouthful of half-cooked spinach), the reddish-orange liquid splashes out everywhere. I would also add that whole grain seashell pasta was impossible to find, so I used whole-grain rotini. Low sodium marinara proved to be equally elusive (at least in small town SC), but I finally located some heart-healthy Prego that worked okay but was too sweet. Finally, if you (inadvisably) decide to make this recipe and go with the zucchini noodles option, make sure to cut the noodles off the spiralizer at regular intervals so you don't end up with unpleasantly long noodles that make the soup even more difficult to deal with. To summarize, in the world of work lunches, this is an interesting concept, but a dud in practice. 

I eat better when I plan ahead.

January 27, 2017
I did like this. I love to have a few things in the fridge for grab an go so I don't make bad choices on the fly. I made a few and had them throughout the week. I used a 1 qt mason jar and filled  with boiling  water up to the 2 cup mark. It was then easy to stir without splashing out. It did however need about 30 secs in the mic or else it was pretty tepid. I am planning on checking out the other soup in a jar recipes as well.I could not find whole wheat shell pasta either and resorted to the regular.ReplyShareMore