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.
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.
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.