Ellie Krieger Tuscan Vegetable Soup

I’ve been under the weather with a cold for the past several days.

So, imagine my delight when my  mom surprised me with a big container of this healthy delicious Ellie Krieger Tuscan vegetable soup.

As soon as I tasted it I knew I wanted the recipe.

Turns out she had clipped this recipe for Terrific Tuscan Vegetable Soup Sunday from the USA Weekend CookSmart column with Ellie Krieger. (The recipe also appears in Ellie’s award winning cookbook, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life.)

Ellie Krieger Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Healthy Tuscan Vegetable & White Bean Soup

There’s no more satisfying way to get your vegetables when the weather is chilly, than with big bowl of steamy vegetable soup. It’s a nourishing way to fill up with minimal calories too.

Enjoy a cup whenever you need a snack or a have a larger bowl for lunch or supper with a slice of healthy whole-grain bread.

Each serving of  Ellie Krieger Tuscan Vegetable Soup has just 143 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus. This works with Simply Filling too, provided you use nonfat cheese. Because I’m on maintenance, I would use a little bit of really good imported Parmesan and not worry about it :-)

Thanks again, Mom.


Ellie Krieger Tuscan Vegetable Soup Recipe
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Delicious, healthy, and filling Italian-style vegetable soup with just 4 WW Points+
Serves: 6
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed and divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion (1 medium)
  • ½ cup diced carrot (1 medium)
  • ½ cup diced celery (2 stalks)
  • 1-1/2 cups diced zucchini (1 small)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, mash half of the beans and set them aside.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the onion, carrot, celery, zucchini, garlic, thyme, sage and salt and pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add the broth, tomatoes, and beans and bring to a boil, then lower heat.
  5. Add the spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan if desired.
Martha's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/6th): 143 calories, 4 g fat, 20 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 8 g protein and 4 WW PointsPlus value

If you liked this Ellie Krieger Tuscan Vegetable Soup you might also like:

Crock Pot Minestrone – hearty and delicious Italian-style vegetable soup with 5 WW PointsPlus value from  Gina at SkinnyTaste
Homemade Italian Style Vegetable Soup – easy & tasty with just 108 calories and 3 WW PointsPlus value per serving from Taste of Home
Three 1 PointsPlus Value Vegetable Soups – Asian, Italian and Mexican variations from Weight Watchers
Slimming Garden Vegetable Soup – with less than 50 calories and 0 WW PointsPlus Value per serving here on Simple Nourished Living
Jamie Oliver Vegetable Soup with Beans – one of the best vegetable bean soups I’ve tasted with 4 WW PointsPlus value here on Simple Nourished Living

*PointsPlus® for Ellie Krieger Tuscan Vegetable Soup calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. PJ says

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I was looking for a great, easy-to-make dinner meal (for cold and wet weather) and decided to make this soup.

    It was perfect!! Not too heavy, yet very filling and satisfying with all the vegetables.

    I bought a fresh seeded sourdough baguette that tasted great with the soup. I can imagine making this again, but changing up the recipe and maybe adding in some quinoa and kale for variety.

    You’ve got a great site with so many great recipes and healthy eating tips.

    Thanks again for all you do.


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