Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a delicious way to lose weight! There are three variations so you never have to get tired of the same old thing! Adopted from "Moosewood Restaraunt New Classics" cookbook. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the broth in a soup pot.
  2. Add the first seven vegetables one at a time.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, soy sauce, vinegar, basil, oregano, dill, thyme, and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 15 or 20 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  5. add salt to taste.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Variation 1:.
  8. For Mexican Zero Soup,add zucchini and minced chiles and replace the herbs with cumin, coriander, and cilantro.
  9. Use lime juice instead of vinegar.
  10. Variation 2:.
  11. For Hungarian Zero Soup, add mushrooms and replace the basil, oregano, and thyme with paprika, marjoram, and more dill.
  12. Top with nofat sour cream.
  13. Variation 3:.
  14. For Asian Zero Soup, replace the cabbage with bok choy and add straw mushrooms.
  15. Replace the herbs with grated fresh ginger root and minced scallions.
  16. Top with mung bean sprouts.
  17. To freeze: Prepare soup as directed. Allow to cool and place in freezer containers or bags. Freeze.
  18. To serve: Thaw in fridge and reheat on stovetop until hot.
Most Helpful

Great soup! I used green beans, spinach, and red bell pepper for the optional ingredients. I lowered the sodium a bit by using low-sodium chicken broth, no salt added tomatoes, and omitting the salt. I used the original version this time, but look forward to trying out the others. Thanks for sharing!

Starrynews April 10, 2011

I needed to make a large pot of vegetable soup to kick start my return to Weight Watchers, and this recipe is perfect! It was great as posted, but I plan to try the variations to keep from getting bored. Unlike other reviews, I did not find any ingredient overpowered...a wonderful combination.
Made for the Sharon 123 Cookathon

Sweet Baboo November 04, 2010

I know that cabbage is really good for you especially when trying to lose weight, but I felt they overpowered everything else; all I could taste was the cabbage which was a shame considering all the other goodies in the soup.

Deantini November 02, 2010