I have only had my Vitamix for two days, but already I am putting this bad boy to work! I wanted to try out a soup recipe, and let me tell you, this is a great one. Minestrone soup, with all fresh and organic ingredients. Very easy to make and I am sure you can use any blender. The plus of the Vitamix is when you blend all these vegetables in it on HIGH for 6-7 minutes, it actually becomes HOT in the blender…wow! Maybe I am behind but I never knew that could happen in a blender. This soup uses fresh tomatoes, which are high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, as well as other fresh veggies and beans, great for protein and fiber…
2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
4 fresh Roma tomatoes, chopped into quarters
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 celery stalk, halved
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons organic tomato paste
1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained
1/2 cup canned kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup canned corn, drainer
1 cup of organic zucchini squash, chopped and steamed
Place the steamed zucchini, chickpeas, kidney beans and corn in a bowl on the side. Put all the other ingredients in the Vitamix and secure the lid. Start on Variable 1(low) and slowly increase it to Variable 10, then to HIGH. Blend for 6-7 minutes or until heavy steam escapes. It will actually be HOT at this point. Turn the blender down to Variable 2, remove the lid plug and pour the ingredients in the bowl slowly into the blender. Blend for about 20-30 seconds…and ENJOY.
If you do not have a Vitamix, you could place all these ingredients in a pot and let them sit on medium heat for 12-15 minutes and then place them in a blender and blend gently for a similar effect.