No matter what the weather, my family loves a bowl of soup, but most recipes take too long to make for a midweek meal. Greek-style minestrone fits the bill.

This thick and hearty soup made with vegetables, beans and Arborio rice takes only 20 minutes to make. It’s a whole meal in one bowl and a great way to brighten up a cool evening.

Navy beans, garlic, onion and tomatoes are the basis for Fassoulada, a Greek bean soup. With the addition of feta cheese and Italian risotto rice, it becomes an Italian-Greek fusion meal.

Used to make creamy risotto, Arborio has shorter, plumper grains than other short-grained rice.

You can make this a vegetarian meal by using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Serve it with a salad and crusty bread.