Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Tons o' Veggie Vegetable Alphabet Soup

I missed the past few weeks with recipes because the things I was making didn't turn out very good. But I have a good one this week that I'm really happy about it. Plus, I really like the sounds of "Tasty Tuesday" over "Recipe Wednesday" so I'll be posting new recipes on Tuesday now.

The website that I'm using for weightloss, SparkPeople.com has a recipe website as well called SparkRecipes.com. I've really been wanting a hearty veggie soup lately so I started looking on there. While I found some REALLY good one's I decided that I wanted to make my own, picking and pulling from the things I liked in those. I also added some few things too, which makes this recipe pretty much my own!! As I've said before I'm not really good at coming up with my own recipes so this is great! I'm starting to feel more courageous with me cooking :).

This recipe made a TON of food and totally overflowed my crock pot so I had to transfer it to a big pot!

One of the things I really like about using SparkRecipes is that they calculate all of the nutritional info and give  the per serving breakdown (which is what I post with each recipe on here).

Here's my recipe for Vegetable Soup! Happy eating!

1 serving = 2 cups (recipe will make 8 servings)

- 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 32oz vegetable/chicken/beef broth (recipe uses veg)
- 3 cups water
- 3 large carrots, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1.5 lb red potatoes, diced
- 1 leek, sliced (white part only)
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- 5 cloves garlic
- 3 tsp Mrs. Dash Table Blend (or your favorite seasoning)
- 1 zucchini, chopped
- 2 cups peas
- 2 cups corn
- 2 cups green beans
- 1 bay leaf (1/2 tsp crushed)
- ½ cup alphabet pasta (or similar small pasta/rice)

1. Combine broth, water, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes, leek, onion, thyme, garlic, Mrs. Dash, and bay leaf in a large crock pot. Stir well. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours.

2. Add corn, zucchini, peas, and green beans. Stir well, recover and continue cooking on high for 1.5 hours. (This is when I had to move mine to the bigger pot. I cooked it on a medium/high level)


3. Add pasta, cover and cook for another 15mins.


Serve in a bowl and enjoy! Perfect for warming tummies on a cold day!

*If you used a full bay leaf remember to remove it before serving.
**I served with french bread that I sprinkled some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on and toasted.

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