Sunday, March 17, 2013

Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup

This soup was inspired by a can of light Progresso soup. Years ago, I wrote down the ingredient list and thought one day I would try to re-create it. Friday was the day. It turned out great! I don't know that it is exactly the same as Progresso, but it is delicious. It is smoky and spicy from the chipotle powder and tomatoes. If you are sensitive to spice add the chipotle powder a little at a time or omit. The heat from the chipotle builds as it cooks. I found it was a little more spicy re-heated the next day. The Masa adds nice body to the broth and boosts the corn flavor. I adore the squeeze of lime at serving time. I will make this soup again. I like having it in the frig for a quick lunch.

Southwestern Style Vegetable Soup
Serves 12; generous 1 cup serving


1-1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
2 Tbsp. Masa Harina (corn flour)
1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper, or to taste
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 tsp dried Mexican oregano
1/4 tsp cumin, ground
8 cups low sodium reduced fat chicken stock
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with chipotle, undrained
1/2 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed (a scant cup)
1/2 (15 oz) can corn, drained (a scant cup)
1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder, or to taste
Handful cilantro, chopped

More cilantro, chopped
Lime wedges


Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery, sauté until onion in translucent. Add bell peppers and garlic; continue to sauté until peppers begin to soften. Add Masa and spices, stir to combine. Add stock, tomatoes, beans and corn; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, add chili powder and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and add cilantro. Serve with additional cilantro and a squirt of lime for a garnish.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: Calories 75.3; Total Fat 2.0 g; Saturated Fat 0.3 g; Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g; Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g; Cholesterol 0.0 mg; Sodium 305.3 mg; Potassium 212.9 mg; Total Carbohydrate 10.0 g; Dietary Fiber 2.5 g; Sugars 1.0 g; Protein 3.4 g; 2 WW PointsPlus.

Linking to:
Dear Creatives: Inspiration Spotlights
Jam Hands: Recipe Sharing Mondays
Ms. enPlace: See Ya in the Gumbo
Taste and Tell Thursday
This Gal Cooks: Marvelous Mondays Link Party
Love Bakes Good Cakes: The Ultimate Soup Recipe List Linky

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for linking up this week. I have no doubt that this is way better than Progresso. Thumbs up to the chipotle and masa to thicken!


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