Monday, March 22, 2010

Veggie Tortilla Soup, from Michelle

1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 4-oz can chopped green chilies
1 28-oz can plum tomatoes, drained and chopped (I get the no-salt-added variety)
1 14.5-oz can crushed tomatoes
4 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
Dashes of cayenne, salt, and black pepper <--you can leave out any of these 2 14.5-oz cans fat-free chicken broth 2 14-oz cans veggie broth 2 bay leaves <--can totally be left out 1 zucchini, sliced into half-moons 1 squash, sliced into half-moons 2 carrots, chopped into rounds 1 large or 2 smallish baking potatoes, cubed Toss the onion, bell pepp, garlic, and green chilies into some EVOO over low/med heat until tender. Add the liquids and spices. Add the veggies. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and let it simmer (I enjoy a "violent simmer" here) until the veggies are at desired tenderness. ETA: about 15-20 minutes. **I like to add shredded chicken. Sometimes I poach and shred. Sometimes I buy rotisserie and shred. But it's good vegetarian too.

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