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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What's cooking? Wednesday - Stealthy Italian Vegetable Soup

It's been a while since I've posted a recipe.  That's because I'm still trying to eat healthy (which limits substantially my repertoire!) and I'm still experimenting with my new VitaMix blender.

Having said that, I came up with a really good tasting vegetable soup that is packed with veggies even though it doesn't look like it.  Hence the STEALTHY.  If your kids don't like looking at a bowl full of gross veggies, try this  :)

This recipe is vegan, gluten free and dairy free although you could add meat and/or cheese if you want.

Stealthy Italian Vegetable Soup
In blender combine one onion, 3 roma tomatoes, 1 yellow pepper, 1 big handful of spinach and about 1 cup water. 

 Blend until smooth.

Pour contents of blender into large saucepan and cook on medium heat until hot and steamy.
 Add 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce mix.  Stir in.
 While mixture is cooking, chop 3 celery stalks, 3 small zucchinis, 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, and one 15 oz can black beans.
Optional - Add sliced mushrooms and/or sliced olives.  I don't like mushrooms but my husband does and he likes them in this soup.   Whatever...  :)
 Stir veggies into soup.  Notice the soup has changed color from bright green to a soft brown.
 Continue to cook over medium heat until veggies are tender but not mushy.
Serve but don't tell anyone that they're actually eating spinach, onions and peppers!

You can also use the blended veggies as a great base for spaghetti sauce.  Yummy!


  1. I'm keeping this recipe. Your husband is so right about mushrooms being tasty! Who would put OLIVES in otherwise perfectly good soup, though???

    1. Mushrooms? Tasty?! Not in MY soup! Now, olives are another matter... :)