You don't have to lard a soup with cream to achieve a lush consistency. Here, a little rice and silken tofu thicken this French-inspired soup. Make It a Meal: Add a tossed salad with cured olives and a mustard vinaigrette.
|Prep Time:||20 minutes|
|Ready in:||35 minutes|
|Yield:||6 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each|
|Ease of Prep:||Easy|
|2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil|
|1 large onion , chopped|
|4 cloves garlic , crushed and peeled|
|1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth|
|2 cups water|
|1/4 cup white rice|
|1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes|
|1/2 cup silken tofu|
|1 tablespoon rice vinegar|
|6 3/4-inch-thick slices baguette|
|3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese|
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in broth, water and rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is very tender, about 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Stir tomatoes, tofu and vinegar into the soup. Remove from the heat and puree, in batches, in a blender. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Return the soup to the pot and reheat over medium-high heat, stirring often.
- Meanwhile, top slices of baguette with mozzarella and place on a baking sheet. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top each serving with a cheesy crostini.
Prepare the soup (Steps 1 & 3), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, make crostini and reheat the soup (Steps 2 & 4).
Health Advantages: low calorie, low carb, low sat fat, low sodium, heart healthy, healthy weight.
|Servings Per Recipe: 6|
|Amount Per serving|
|Calories:||219 cal||Carbohydrate Servings:||2|
|Carbohydrates:||2 g||Dietary Fiber:||4 g||Cholesterol:||3 mg|
|Fat:||8 g||Sodium:||354 mg||Saturated Fat:||1 g|
|Protein:||8 g||Potassium:||477 mg||Monounsaturated Fat:||1 g|
|Nutrition Bonus:||Vitamin C (25% daily value), Vitamin A (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).|
|Exchanges:||1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat|