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Save-the-Day Soup Recipe

"I created this pureed vegetable soup from what was left in the refrigerator before we went on an extended vacation," writes Agnes Davis of Las Animas, Colorado. "I kept the mixture in the freezer of our RV, so it made supper a snap to prepare at the campground."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + freezing Cook: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:32 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 6 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 4 celery ribs with leaves, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon seasoned salt or salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each batch):
  • 2 cups half-and-half cream or fat-free milk
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine the first 14 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool.
  • 2. Process in small batches in a blender until smooth. Freeze in 2-cup portions in freezer containers. May be frozen up to 3 months.
  • 3. To prepare frozen soup: Thaw soup base in the refrigerator. Transfer to a saucepan; stir in cream and heat through. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings per batch.

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with reduced-sodium broth, salt-free seasoning, salt-free lemon pepper and skim milk and served without cheese) equals 76 calories, 1 g fat (0 saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 129 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.