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Spicy Vegetable Soup

The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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Fresh basil adds a bright spark to this vinegary, vegetable-stuffed soup, full of the traditional flavors of the Mediterranean. Alternatively, pesto adds a nutty richness to the soup.



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Spicy Vegetable Soup

Makes: 4 servings, about 2 1/4 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1-3 teaspoons hot paprika, or to taste
  • 2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth
  • 4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, diced
  • 2 cups diced cooked potatoes, (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups frozen spinach, (5 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, or prepared pesto

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add paprika and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add broth, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 12 minutes. Stir in spinach and vinegar; continue cooking until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes more. Ladle soup into bowls and top with fresh basil or a dollop of pesto.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Ingredient Note: Convenient cooked and diced potatoes can be found in the refrigerated section of the produce and/or dairy department of the supermarket.

Nutrition

Per serving: 253 calories; 8 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 9 g protein; 10 g fiber; 485 mg sodium; 1032 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (270% daily value), Vitamin C (60% dv), Folate (44% dv), Potassium (30% dv), Calcium (20% dv), Iron (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat


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