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Ultra Tasty Healthy Vegetable Soup - My version of the Zero Weight Watchers Points soup. This has 0.4 points but it's countless times tastier! www.recipetineats.com
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Spanish Healthy Vegetable Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This is my version of the famous Zero Weight Watchers Points vegetable soup. Mine has 0.4 WW points but is much MUCH tastier! Besides, 0.4 points rounds down to zero, doesn't it? ;) Spanish flavours inspired by the seasoning for homemade Chorizo (yes, really!), the 2 key steps that adds loads of flavour into a basic vegetable soup are: sautéing dried herbs (makes the flavour "bloom") and cooking celery, carrots and onion slowly so they sweeten ("sofrito" flavour base for the soup). Finishing with lemon also lifts it beautifully. Recipe video below.

Servings: 4 -5 people
Calories: 112 kcal
Author: Nagi
Ingredients
Soup:
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
  • 2 medium carrots , finely chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk , finely chopped
  • 2 red capsicums / bell peppers , cut into 2 cm / 4/5” pieces
  • 5 cups cabbage , cut into 3 cm / 1.2” pieces
  • 800 g / 28 oz crushed tomato
  • 3 cups / 750 ml vegetable or chicken broth (low fat!)
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika (or any paprika)
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust spiciness to taste)
Finishes (not optional!):
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon – zest + juice to taste
  • Finely chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 30 seconds or so.
  2. Add oregano and fennel seeds, cook for 2 minutes (lets flavour “bloom”).
  3. Turn heat down to medium low. Add carrots and celery, cook, stirring regularly, for 8 minutes until onion is sweet (not browned). This step is key to the flavour base of this soup.

  4. Add capsicum, turn heat up to high and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Add remaining Soup ingredients, bring to simmer then place lid on. Turn heat down to medium low, simmer for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove lid, adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Ladle soup into bowls. Grate over lemon zest, squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle with parsley. Serve!
Recipe Notes

1. Feel free to add other vegetables you desire (other than red cabbage - turns it purple!)! Healthy low cal ones like zucchini, fennel, baby spinach (stir through at end), chopped beans, asparagus etc. will add more dimensions to the soup while keeping it very healthy. High carb vegetables like pumpkin, potato and peas (hidden carbs alert!) would also be terrific but will raise the calorie count of this soup.

2. Keeps great for 3 - 4 days. Add lemon zest and juice just before serving for best flavour.

3. The 0.4 points in this recipe is from the olive oil. I can't bring myself to omit it. The extra flavour you get from sautéing the vegetables and spices is a million times more valuable - and key to why this tastes so great!

4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 5 servings.