Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pureed Beet Soup

I found this recipe a long time ago on and it's one that I go back to again and again. I just swapped out the chicken broth for veggie stock, lessened the onion a bit, and added more water, since I like it thinner. The result is a sweet, low-calorie soup that can be eaten hot or cold, and it's one of the only ways I'll eat beets! I'm really picky about my beets-- I really love beets in this soup and in chip form, and in green juices, but other than those, I haven't found another way for me yet-- I'd love to hear how you like your beets! This soup is especially good with simple accompaniments, like the kale and polenta in the photo-- I just cooked the kale in 1/2 tsp olive oil until it was the wilti-ness I wanted and used about 1 tsp of oil, plus salt and pepper for the polenta and just cooked that over medium high until crispy on the edges.

Here's the recipe!

Pureed Beet Soup
makes 9.5 1 cup servings

  •  1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large beets, peeled and diced (about 7.5 cups)
  • 2-3 boullion cubes or 2-3 cups veggie stock
  • 6-9 cups water
  • Add  the oil and onions to a soup pot and saute on medium high, adding a little salt and pepper.
  • And the beets, veggie stock, and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beets are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Blend with an immersion or regular blender, in batches if needed, making sure to vent the lid and cover with a towel to allow the heat to escape but so that it doesn't splash you with hot soup if using a regular blender.
  • Serve with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. So yummy and really healthy too!
 cals per 1 cup: 70kcal | fat: 1.93g | carbs: 11.06g | prot: 2.75g

Look at that pretty beet-pink!