Shout if you have a Vita-Mix blender! I got one for my birthday this year and love it. It whips up fresh ice cream in no time and like a dog, it can clean itself! As for this soup, if you haven’t heard me rant about it before, I love orange-colored soups. This one in particular is, as one reader put it, “like liquid gold.” Whether the soup is made from pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato, peanut butter, carrots, cantaloupe, oranges or any combination of those orange-colored delights, it is guaranteed delicious. And when your blender can process and cook your orange soup in one step, well, that is just bliss. This soup is very rich and full of flavor – so much so that your tongue may get confused with all the concurrent flavors. But stick it out, each sip is better. And freeze your leftovers, this soup doubles as an excellent pasta sauce.
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup canned chopped tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup chopped onions (vidalias are best)
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup peanut butter
1 (15oz) can sweet potato puree (~2 cups cooked sweet potatoes)
1/4t cayenne pepper
1 red pepper, chopped (reserved)
1/4 cup scallions, chopped (reserved)
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat a pan on medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 or 2 additional minutes.
2. Add all ingredients, except red pepper and scallions, into a blender or food processor. If you don’t have a Vita-Mix, proceed to Step 3. Otherwise, adjust your Vita-Mix to variable speed 1 and turn on. Quickly turn up the speed to 10 (max), then flip the switch to high. Process for 7 minutes. Add the red pepper and scallions (if using) and process for an additional 10 seconds. The soup should be steaming and ready to serve.
3. For non Vita-Mix users, blend the ingredients until smooth. Add the red pepper and scallions and blend for 10 more seconds. Pour the mixture into a large pot and bring to a boil. Serve immediately.
4.. Makes about 7 cups or 7 (1-cup) servings. Serve over bulgur, brown rice or grain of choice. Great with saltines. Alternatively, you can blend the red pepper and scallions in with the original ingredients if you want to keep it all creamy, or you could use them as a garnish instead.
This Vita-Mix blender is incredible. It’s a bit pricey but I highly recommend it. Credit for this recipe goes to the Vita-Mix cookbook which came with the blender.