Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tasty Tuesday! Garden Vegetable Soup

Tomorrow I will be revealing a new project that I'm collaborating on with some awesome bloggers! Today's post is sort of a teaser for it.

I've been focused on buying a lot of fresh produce and making healthier meals for my family. I have searched the internet high and low for recipes that meet my rather nit-picky requirements, which are:

1. Easy
2. Quick
3. "Normal" ingredients (things I can find at our local market)
4. Something that all of us will (hopefully) enjoy

One of the things I have been determined to find a good recipe for is vegetable soup. I took to Pinterest and pinned tons of different versions. I randomly picked one last week, and it turned out great! (My husband said it will take him awhile to get used to soup that's not from a can. Meaning soup that isn't so overloaded with salt that you can't taste anything else.)

Garden Vegetable Soup
(Makes 6 servings)
1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1/4 cup onions, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups fat-free beef, chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup green cabbage, diced
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup zucchini, diced

Spray a large saucepan with nonstick cooking spray, and heat.

Place carrot, onion and garlic in saucepan. Sauté vegetables over low heat for 5 minutes, until softened.

Add broth, cabbage, spinach, tomato paste, basil, oregano and salt. Bring saucepan to a boil.

Reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in zucchini, and cook 3-4 minutes.

I'm not supposed to use cooking spray on my stainless steel pot, so I coated it with Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead. We don't like cabbage, so I left that out. I also added 1 cup of cooked pasta. That wound up being too much, so next time I'll cut it down to 1/2 or 3/4cup. To compensate for adding pasta, I increased the broth to 4 cups. (I used organic 99% fat free chicken broth.)

We had a fresh French Baguette along with the soup. I thought it came out great, and highly recommend it!

*I found the recipe on pinterest, but it originates from Dr. Oz's weight watchers website

I'm linking up with Candice at The New Modern Momma today! 


  1. Ohhh it sounds delicious and easy! Do you think I could substitute olive oil instead of the cooking spray? Thank you for sharing!

    1. You reminded me that I didn't use cooking spray! Just updated to reflect that I used EVOO ;) Thanks :)

  2. Love summer recipes because you can find the freshest ingredients! What a yummy soup. Thanks for sharing and linking up! :)

  3. That sounds so delicious. I must remember to make this.


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