I started with olive oil and black pepper and let the pepper sizzle a bit in the pan. I added chopped brown onion and about 4 cloves of garlic. I added salt. Then I added almost an entire bag of spinach and let it wilt down. Then I added one large can of diced tomatoes, plus an extra can of water (you can also use vegetable or chicken stock for more flavor). Using my favorite current kitchen electronic , i blended these ingredients to make the base. I generally add Swiss chard or kale, but tonight I used spinach because that is what was in the fridge. I also added a handful pf parsley. I love adding greens to my soup base because its a great way to get some added vitamins into this already healthy soup. And I love the healthy green color it turns!