Monday, November 28, 2011

Waist Friendly Vegetable Soup

Since the move I got away from my blogging. It is time to start again.

Only 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus as determined by the recipe builder. It would be 0 points if you left out the orzo.
1/2  cup chopped onion
3/4 tsp dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped carrot
2 cups chopped tomato, divided
1 1/2 (14-ounce) cans chicken and / or vegetable broth, divided
1/2 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1/4 cup fresh baby spinach, packed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
Coarsely ground black pepper

Spray a large pit with cooking spray. Saute onion until softened, about 3 minutes. Add oregano and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in zucchini, and carrot, sauté 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat.
Place 1 cup tomato and 1/2 can broth in a food process pulse until smooth. Add tomato mixture to pan; return pan to heat. Stir in remaining 1 cup tomato and remaining 2 cans broth; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Add pasta to the pot, cook 10 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach. Season to taste with salt, and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls or mugs; top each with 2 tsp cheese. Garnish with coarsely ground black pepper, if desired.

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