You’ll Actually Want To Eat My Version of Weight Watchers Zero Points Soup!

colleen zero point soup

Anyone who has ever been on Weight Watchers has heard about, and tried, their Zero Points Vegetable Soup.  It’s endured for decades.  Why?  Certainly not because of the way it tastes.  Undoubtedly because it’s packed full enough with vegetables to count as a required daily vegetable serving, it’s easy, and — best of all — it’s 0 points.  Yep, kind of like a Get Out of Jail Free card.  It does not cost any valuable daily allotted points, nor does it use up any precious weekly allowance points.

After trying several watery versions of this tasteless soup, I decided to take matters into my own hands and treat it like a real soup.  A good soup.  And you know what?  It tastes really good.  Like something I actually want to eat.

I start out with most of the same vegetables as the Weight Watchers recipe, modifying based on whatever I have in the house, or that is seasonally available at the grocery store.  But, instead of just tossing everything in a pot of boiling water — a bland way to cook vegetables — I saute them in stages to bring out their flavor and aroma.  Once the soup has simmered a while, I thicken it up by pureeing with my handheld immersion blender.  These couple of improvements change the flavor and texture of the soup dramatically…and taste really good, all still for just 0 points!

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Coat a deep soup pot with olive oil cooking spreay.

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Cook onion, peppers, celery, and carrots for 6-7 minutes over medium high heat.

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Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes until softened and fragrant.

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Next add in the zucchini, squash, and broccoli (I was out of broccoli this time), then season with salt, pepper, and thyme, and cook about 5 minutes.

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Pour in the vegetable broth.

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Finally, add the cabbage and parsley to the pot, cover, and boil on high heat.

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Simmer 10 minutes, remove from heat, and puree with an immersion blender.

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After done cooking, I always portion my soup out into individual serving size containers to refrigerate and freeze for daily use over the next couple weeks.

Colleen's Better Tasting Version of Weight Watchers 0 Points Soup
 
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Weight Watchers Info: 0 PointsPlus per serving
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Recipe type: Main Course, First Course, Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
  • 1 medium onion(s), diced
  • 2 medium carrot(s), diced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper(s), diced
  • 1 medium stalk(s) celery, diced
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash, diced
  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 cups broccoli, small florets
  • 2 tsp thyme, fresh, chopped
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp table salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, or to taste
Instructions
  1. Spray a large soup pot with olive oil flavored cooking spray and heat over medium high. Cook the onion, peppers, celery, and carrots for 6 or 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes until softened and fragrant. Next add in the zucchini, squash, and broccoli, then season with salt, pepper, and thyme, and cook about 5 minutes. Pour in the vegetable broth. Finally, add the cabbage and parsley to the pot.
  2. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, partly covered, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat. Use a handheld immersion blender to puree and thicken the soup.
Notes
Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Comments

  1. HealthyEatinFoo says

    This kind of recipe can be strengthened nutritionally by adding a healthy grain like quinoa. It will soak up the excess soupy fluids and add a nutty flavor while providing all the required protein chains. I use quinoa often to complete my vegetarian main and side dishes.

  2. Spawn says

    although not technically a zero point soup due to the addition of oil spray it is still very low and is still delicious ;)

    • says

      Divided into 12 servings, it does still come out to zero points per serving using olive oil spray. It takes 10+ sprays to equate 1 point. I use 2-3 sprays, which get divided up among 12 servings.

  3. linnbabygirl says

    You do realize that the addition of olive oil makes this soup more than zero points? Also, lots of people puree the soup, its certainly nothing new, as the 5000+ reviewers can attest. Sorry.

  4. linnbabygirl says

    I’m sorry to sound so bitchy, its just that everytime i hear about someone’s “amazing version” of this soup, it turns out to be someone else’s “amazing version” of this soup. If you’re going to take the time to post a recipe, make sure you do your research. The best improvement to this soup is ff beef broth and tomato paste. Not my idea, Btw. Just read the reviews!

    • says

      Bitchy is an understatement. I’d say you have too much time on your hands if you’re trolling the internet to police 5,000+ reviews of this soup (perhaps you need more activity points in your days?).

      This recipe doesn’t use olive oil; it uses olive oil spray, which takes 10 sprays to even generate 1 point. So yes, my 2-3 sprays total, divided by 12 servings do still make this a zero point soup.

      Unlike you, I don’t base my recommendations off of recipe”research” (BTW, I am a research librarian) or just reading recipe reviews. I base my recommendations off of my own tastings and my own cooking. Nor do I waste my time arguing about a “best” recipe with others since taste is subjective.

      As a successful Lifetime Weight Watcher at goal, I like to encourage and equip weight loss and healthy living success in others by sharing the recipes that have helped my own WW journey. THAT is why I “take the time to post a recipe” on my own blog rather than trolling the internet and trying to tear others down.

  5. linnbabygirl says

    Point taken, Colleen. I want to apologize to both Colleen and her reviewers for an unfair and biased review of this recipe. I actually love reading about “variations” of well-known and much -loved recipes, and my lack of respect for this one was unfair and unfounded. I was wrong about the olive oil, as it was in fact, olive oil spray. The anonymity of the Internet makes it easy to criticize others, and I don’t want to be another one of those jackasses. I’ve learned not to respond with such flippant attitude. My apologies.

  6. linnbabygirl says

    Thanks for being so forgiving about my comments. After I read your reply I realized how ridiculous I sounded. Sometimes it takes a good kick in the ass! I’m sure I’ll still troll the recipes… Just more quietly ;)

  7. Hugh Jaynus says

    I’m going to try your recipe this weekend! I love the fact that you sauteed all the base veggies first, I find that makes any soup or stew taste incredible!

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