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This month we are focused on a few soup recipes from the Mayo Clinic.
Fresh tomato soup with crispy herb toasts
8 slices whole-grain baguette, 1/2-inch thick
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 cups 1 percent low-fat milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the broiler (grill). Arrange the baguette slices on a broiler pan and top each slice with a sprinkling of basil, oregano and cheese. Place about 4 inches from the heat source and broil (grill) until the cheese is melted, 45 to 60 seconds. Watch carefully to prevent burning. Set aside.
Peel, seed and dice the tomatoes. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the soup thickens, 20 to 25 minutes.
In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches until smooth and return to the pan. Stir in the milk, salt and pepper and reheat gently. Ladle into individual bowls, garnish each with 2 herb toasts and serve.
3/4 cup water, divided
1 small onion, chopped
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
2 cups unsalted vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup fat-free milk
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 green onion top, chopped
In a large saucepan, heat 1/4 cup water over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Don’t let onion dry out.
Add remaining water, pumpkin, broth, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the milk and cook until hot. Don’t boil.
Ladle soup into warmed bowls and garnish with black pepper and green onion tops. Serve immediately.
White Chicken Chili
1 can (10 ounces) white chunk chicken
3 cups cooked white beans
1 can (14.5 ounces) low-sodium diced tomatoes
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Cayenne pepper, to taste
6 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
6 ounces low-fat baked tortilla chips (about 65 chips)
In a large soup pot, add the chicken, beans, tomatoes and chicken broth. Cover and simmer over medium heat.
Meanwhile, spray a nonstick frying pan with cooking spray. Add the onions, peppers and garlic and saute until the vegetables are soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the onion and pepper mixture to the soup pot. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano and, as desired, cayenne pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until all the vegetables are soft.
Ladle into warmed bowls. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 teaspoon cilantro. Serve with baked chips on the side (about 6 to 8 chips with each serving of chili).