- Spray a large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Saute the carrot, onion and garlic over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add broth, cabbage, green beans, tomato paste and simmer, covered about 15 minutes or until beans are tender.
- Stir in zucchini and heat 3-4 minutes.
- Serve hot.
With our miserable bone-chilling weather, I had a taste for a good hearty quick soup. However, when I went to the local grocery store (why are they all called ?supermarkets?? how come there are no averagemarkets, goodmarkets, or alsoranmarkets?} to purchase the vegetables, the only green beans they had looked every bit as bad as TV chef Jamie Oliver?s hair. So I was forced to nix the beans, but I got lucky and spotted a couple of very decent ears of corn, so I cut the corn off the cobs and used that instead. I was out of homemade beef broth and I would only use store-bought beef broth to feed starving Armenians, so I made a quick broth using English Bovril which has an extremely intense beef flavour ? that, combined with the tomato flavour, was absolutely heavenly. I also lucked out and found very fresh herbs in the store, so I used them instead of dried. As to the garlic cloves, I referred to Recipezaar member MeanChef?s famous garlic formula: ?If a recipe calls for one garlic clove, use three?. The end result of all this was a most superior quick and easy soup that warmed the cockles of the hearts of all those who consumed it.
This is an excellent recipe not only for people watching their calories and fat, but for anyone that loves a good vegetable soup. I have tried it with both chicken and beef broth and they are equally as good. For a little extra I have added pieces of chicken, mushrooms and celery. Five stars in my book.
This is an excellent recipe with an added bonus of being good for the diet conscious! I loved it! I am partial to chicken soup, so I used the chicken broth. Thanks for posting!