Watercress and Parsley Soup

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”15 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] SECRET INGREDIENT: evaporated milk Sometimes simplicity reigns supreme as is the case

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=”15 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

SECRET INGREDIENT: evaporated milk

Sometimes simplicity reigns supreme as is the case with this light, refreshing soup. Evaporated milk adds velvety texture without piling on the calories.

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

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[ingredients-right]

  • 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 2 cups watercress leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

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[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”30 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a large, heavy saucepan, melt the butter or margarine over medium-low heat. Add the onion, cover, and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in the broth and milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Adjust the heat so that the mixture simmers gently, then add 2 cups of the parsley and the watercress, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until the watercress is wilted, about 5 minutes.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Drain the mixture in a large sieve set over a bowl, reserving the liquid. Place the solids, 1 cup of the reserved liquid, and the remaining 1/2 cup of the parsley in a blender or food processor and whirl until pureed, 30 to 40 seconds.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Return the puree to the saucepan, add the remaining liquid, and reheat.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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