The Best Vegetable Soup

from the kitchen of MKA

Yield - approx. 6 quarts of soup  Servings - approx. 12   Serving Size - 2 cups per serving   Points Plus per Serving - 2 points+

Calories - 99,   Total Fat - 0.8g,   Carb. - 20.2g,   Protein - 3.6g,   Fiber - 3.5g

1 tsp olive oil

1 med onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

dash of dried red pepper flakes ( or more if you like, just be careful...a little goes a long way)

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried marjoram

1 dried bay leaf

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

2- ( 32 ounce) boxes of fat free, low sodium chicken stock ( or vegetable or beef stock ) 

1- (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes with juices

2 cups diced new potatoes ( unpeeled ) 

2 cups of carrots, sliced into bite-sized pieces

1 cup celery, diced

6 - 7  fresh Brussels sprouts, ends cut off and roughly chopped

1 1/2 cup frozen corn kernals

1 cup frozen green beans

1/2 cup fresh minced flat-leafed parsley 

1- (10.75 ounce) can of condensed tomato soup + one can of water

juice of half a lemon

additional salt and pepper, to taste

1.  In a 6 quart dutch oven or large stock pot, over med heat, warm oil.  Add in onion and cook until softened.  ( about 5 minutes)   Add garlic and cook another minute or so until fragrant.   Add red pepper flakes, thyme, marjoram, salt, pepper and bay leaf.  Continue to cook for another minute or so.  

2.  Add in the stock and canned tomatoes and their juices and stir.  Add in the potatoes and stir.  Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer and loosely cover.  Simmer until the potatoes are almost tender.  

3.  Add in the carrots, celery,  and Brussels sprouts.  Allow to simmer until the carrots are almost tender.  

4.  Add in the frozen corn and green beans and the parsley.  Bring back up to simmer and cook until all the vegetables are tender.  Add in the condensed soup and water and the lemon juice.  Test for additional salt and pepper and season to taste.  Remove bay leaf.  You can garnish with fresh more fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese if you desire.