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Hearty Vegetable Soup

Makes 8 servings Per serving: 119 calories, less than 1 g. total fat (0 g. saturated fat), 24 g. carbohydrate, 6 g. protein, 6 g. dietary fiber, 578 mg. sodium.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchini sliced thin
  • 2 medium carrots sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 10 mushrooms sliced
  • 2 ribs celery sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 can 15.5 oz. corn, drained
  • 1 russet potato peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1/2 lb. green beans cut in half diagonally
  • 4 cups 1 qt. reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 3 cups canned crushed tomatoes drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano or 2 tsp. dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a heavy, large pot, place all ingredients except salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook, checking that contents remain at a simmer, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer 3 cups of vegetables to a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup cooking liquid. Purée until smooth, then return to the pot of soup.
  3. Stir to incorporate purée into the soup and season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat through and serve.