Monday, December 31, 2007

Hungarian Paprika-Potato soup

Simply satisfying!
This vegetarian soup is low in calories and fat and still provides satiety on a chilly evening. The advantage to preparing a homemade soup is that you are able to use nutritious ingredients that add flavor. Using a low sodium chicken broth and fresh herbs and spices, replaces monosodium glutamate, excess sodium, and other additives that are used in canned soups. Potato is the main ingredient in this particular recipe. Potatoes are loaded with potassium. One medium potato provides 926 mg about 1/4 of the recommended daily intake. Potassium is an essential mineral for nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and heart function.

2 lbs russet or other starchy potato (about 4 large)peeled and cut into 3" cubes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 med white onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
4 cups low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
1 Tbsp. smoky paprika
1 tsp. hot paprika
1 tsp. whole celery seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 c. fat free milk

1. BOIL potatoes in stock-pot of water until just soft, about 20 mins. Drain and mash roughly. Set aside.
2. HEAT oil in stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5 mins.
3. STIR in broth and then add potatoes back to pot. Stir and break up potatoes into broth to reach a slightly chunky consistency.
4. ADD dill, paprikas, celery seeds, salt,nutmeg and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
5. Pour in milk and combine to just heat through, 2-5 mins. Do not boil.

Per 2 cup serving this soup provides 267 cal. 6g protein, 52g. carbs, 6g fiber,4g fat,0.5g sat fat, 1mg chol, 470 mg sodium

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