Rating: 3.92 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

This smooth and flavorful vegetable soup is a family recipe. It can be served as an elegant first course, but we also find it makes great diet fare when eaten with a loaf of French bread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook onion and garlic in butter over medium high heat until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chicken stock, water, carrots, leeks, green onions, habanero peppers, spinach, and watercress. Bring to a low boil, and cook for 30 minutes, or until carrots are soft. Remove from heat, and allow to cool for 30 minutes.

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  • Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to the pot, and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil or vinegar, or both, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 3.2g; carbohydrates 11.7g; fat 15.8g; cholesterol 15.3mg; sodium 1556.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2008
This was almost perfect, but I would suggest the following modifications: Instead of the habaneros, which caused a lot of problems (to hands, eyes, and tongue), I would substitute 2 serranos. And also I would add 1/3 c. cream. Read More
(13)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2009
Wow. Habeneros are HOT! If you want a little kick in your soup, use a 1/4 of a pepper. It won't look like much, but believe me, it will be enough. I used only 1 pepper (and was completely fooled by the small size). Holy cow, I can barely eat this soup it is so spicy. Completely burns going down. Otherwise, very delicious. You can even add some cilantro and coconut water or milk for some Asian influence. Read More
(8)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2008
This was almost perfect, but I would suggest the following modifications: Instead of the habaneros, which caused a lot of problems (to hands, eyes, and tongue), I would substitute 2 serranos. And also I would add 1/3 c. cream. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2007
Wonderful recipe! I did use the habanero pepper and loved it; DH and I like a little kick to our food. I did tweak it a little though -- we are vegetarians so I subbed vegetable broth for the chicken broth. I also boiled then pureed a potato and a few broccoli stalks to make it creamy without adding fat. Also added a can of drained white cannelini beans to boost protein. Made a yummy hearty meal with crusty wholegrain bread -- will definitely make this again! Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
05/07/2009
Wow. Habeneros are HOT! If you want a little kick in your soup, use a 1/4 of a pepper. It won't look like much, but believe me, it will be enough. I used only 1 pepper (and was completely fooled by the small size). Holy cow, I can barely eat this soup it is so spicy. Completely burns going down. Otherwise, very delicious. You can even add some cilantro and coconut water or milk for some Asian influence. Read More
(8)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2006
I was afraid of the habenero so used a serrano instead. The bit of heat does add to the dish so I wouldn't eliminate the pepper...just choose one in line with your preference for spice. I used an immersion blender to puree the soup. I wasn't sure what my husband would think of this but before I could ask what he thought he was getting seconds! Read More
(7)
Rating: 1 stars
09/22/2007
I thought this soup looked disgusting tasted very bitter and really wasnt worth the time i spent cooking and liquidising it all. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2005
This was very tasty. I think next time I will omit the pepper as it was a bit too hot for my husband. Otherwise it was perfect! Read More
(4)
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Rating: 3 stars
11/07/2011
Nothing wrong with this but nothing outstanding either. Better as part of the meal -- would probably disappoint as the whole meal itself. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2011
A wonderful soup for my low acid diet. Read More
(2)
Rating: 2 stars
02/04/2013
Does not look like the picture. Needs more flavor than the stock gives. Just strange and not good. Read More