My dear friend Josy made this soup for us and it was love at first bite! She calls it her "skinny soup" because she ate lots of it when she was losing weight last year. She says it's "legal". With the full-flavored and very tasty tomato base you can create your very own favorite soup depending on what meats and/or vegetables YOU like! There is a long list here but you don't have to add so many things if you just want a basic soup with only a few nibbles in it. This soup is a bit of work but it's what I consider a gourmet soup, so please invest the time to create your own masterpiece. I love the spicy bite to this but you can make yours milder by leaving out the chipotle and cayenne if you like. Don't leave the curry powder out, though - it's a key ingredient. But do the leave the meat out and you'll have a fabulous vegetarian dinner.
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup celery, sliced
- 1⁄2 cup bell pepper, chunked
- 1 cup carrot, sliced or chunked
- 1 cup green beans, fresh bite size
- 1 cup cauliflower, small bite sized pieces
- 1 cup zucchini, sliced or chunked
- 1 cup mushroom, fresh and chunked
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons curry powder, hot or mild
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon chicken broth, powdered broth or stock
- 1 teaspoon beef broth, powdered broth or stock
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mixed herbs
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chipotle pepper, ground, I use one cube Knorr's
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 (10 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
- 30 ounces water
- 1 (14 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
- 1 (18 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, your favorite flavor
- 1 (16 ounce) can cannellini beans, or your favorite canned beans
- 1 lb smoked sausage, optional, or your favorite cooked meat, chunked
- 1 1⁄2 cups elbow macaroni, or your favorite pasta
- 1⁄4 cup parsley, fresh chopped, or cilantro
- Please see notes regarding meats and pasta below.
- Chop garlic and onions, quite small. Chop remaining vegetables into bite-sized slices or chunks. Use whatever vegetables you and your family like. Fresh spinach is great in this soup.
- Note on meats: If using smoked sausage, slice into chunks and pre-cook in skillet until slightly brown. Set aside. If using left-over cooked chicken, beef, or pork, simply chunk and set aside.
- Note on pasta: Josy puts uncooked pasta directly into the soup. I don't like mine to get overcooked so I cook it separately (while soup simmers) and add it at right at the end.
- In a small bowl put all seasonings, and set aside. Note: This soup will be a bit spicy due to the curry powder so use cayenne and chipotle rather sparingly until you've tried it at the end.
- To cook soup: Using large soup pot, heat oil on medium then gently cook garlic and onions for 2 minutes.
- Turn heat up to medium high and toss in all raw/chopped vegetables. Stir and cook on medium high for approximately 5 or 10 minutes - I cover mine - until vegetables are cooked to about three-quarters done, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add meat, canned tomato soup, chopped tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, water, & seasonings to pot and stir well.
- Bring to a low boil/high simmer.
- If using uncooked pasta, add now. Stir well.
- Simmer for about 20 or 25 minutes - keep soup cooking at high enough temperature to cook the pasta. Stir occasionally.
- When pasta and vegetables in soup are fully cooked, add the canned beans and fresh parsley or cilantro. If using pre-cooked pasta, add now.
- Test flavor of soup. Adjust seasonings as needed.
- Let simmer a further 5 minutes and you're ready to eat!
- Garnish with a bit of greenery and enjoy with a hot crusty bread!