Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro

3 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 13 Comments

Every summer I forget how awesome soup and it’s unfortunate. A good broth based soup filled with fresh veggies is light, filling and super easy to make. Summer should be the best time to soup it up with best vegetables being in season!

A few days ago I found myself with a couple of leeks and a load of peppers from the farm.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - ingredients

Add in a couple of leftover corn on the cobs and Voila! My soup was born. It came out delicious, topped with some fresh avocado, a bit of cheese and a dash of the green tabasco.

I’ll share what I did but I want you to keep in mind that ANYTHING really works. Take your fresh veggies and leftovers, sauté them, add some broth and sprinkle in your favorite spices. That’s pretty much the formula. Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro

Here’s what I did with what I had on hand…

  • 2 Leeks
  • 2 Cobs of Corn
  • 3 Sweet Peppers
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Cilantro
  • 4 Cups of Broth or Stock
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Fresh Avocado, Mexican cheese blend and green tabasco for topping. All optional, of course.

Heat a medium to large pot over medium heat and spray with some non-stick cooking spray.

Chop the leeks all the way up to the leaves.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - leeks

Add them to the pot with a bit of kosher salt.

While the leeks are cooking cut the kernels off your leftover cobs.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - corn

Leave them all rustic they’re all fall apart anyway.

Add the corn to the pot with the leeks.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - pot

Chop the cilantro…

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - cilantro

… and peppers. Add both the pot.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - all veggies

Once everything is in the pot and the peppers are just starting to soften, add the broth. I used 4 cups of homemade chicken broth I had in the freezer.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - broth

Add in the spices and cook on medium high until it just starts to boil at the edges.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - cooking

Lower to a simmer and serve when ready.

I put 2 cups in a bowl and topped with 1/4 of an avocado, some shredded cheese and a splash of green tabasco.

Pepper and Corn Soup with Fresh Cilantro - finished

It was delicious and I just ate the last bowl today. :(

My recipe yielded just over 6 cups and the nutritional information is impressive. By all accounts this should be a 0 point soup (per cup) if you don’t add the toppings but I use the nutritioanl info to calculate allowing you to decide. I find it the “safer” approach.

Oh! and in case you are wondering, I’m the only one who ate this. I didn’t even bother trying after The Little Guy sad it looked gross. I will get them to like soups one day. *sigh*

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
3 2 cups of the soup (not including the avocado or cheese)
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
110 1g 5g old: 1.5 new: 3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 0g 23g 5g

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    Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

    August 22, 2012

    I swear your recipes just keep getting better and better! This looks amazing... and rich in fiber, which you know I love! Reply


    August 22, 2012

    I say this with love - THIS is SUCH wonderful typo! Add in a couple of leftover corn on the cobs and viola! I read that and could hear the triumphant violas playing ;) Reply


    August 22, 2012

    Ha! That was a good one. lol All fixed. Reply


    August 22, 2012

    Hi Roni. I just made this today. It is so easy and delicious. I changed it up a little... I can't seem to follow an exact recipe. I had some left over shredded chicken and brown rice in the freezer so I added that. It tastes just like tortilla soup! You can also add black beans. Yum. I love a quick easy and healthy meal. Thanks for the post!! Reply


    August 22, 2012

    WOW you're fast. lol I can't follow a recipe either and my goal isn't really to share exact recipes but more to inspire people to make their own thing. Just like you did. :) Reply


    August 23, 2012

    This looks great. I would add the corn cobs to simmer andthen pull them out before serving (think I saw that trick on The Chew) for some more free flavor. Another great idea Roni. Did your 1year old eat any of the veggies out of this? My little guy is so hit or miss on veggies lately but maybe he'd like this? Reply


    August 23, 2012

    I made this tonight and loved it!!! I added white kidney beans. This is so easy to make and healthy... The perfect combo! Thanks for the recipe keep them coming! :) Reply


    August 23, 2012

    Thanks for the recipe. I made it tonight and added white kidney beans it is so good! Keep these recipes coming :) Reply


    August 24, 2012

    Love love LOVED this. This may be my favorite recipe from you to date. It was delicious, fresh, easy, and nutritious. :) Thank you, Roni! Reply


    August 25, 2012

    Jackie - LOVE that idea! Next time the cobs are going it. I've done it with chicken soup before.. And yes, baby ate a few. He's hot or miss with peppers but loves corn. I just keep offering event if he didn't like it once before. He flip flops a lot. Reply


    December 12, 2012

    I just found your website yesterday, thanks to an email from Ziplist showing off your Tomato and Chick pea salad. And I can't wait to start trying some of your recipes. So much so, I am making your Pepper Stuffed Portobella Burger and your Southwest Turkey Burgers in the next two days. Do you think it would work making this soup in the crock pot? Reply


    December 12, 2012

    Glad you found me! I'm sure this would be yummy in the crockpot! It's just a through everything int he pot kind of dish. :) Reply

    Martha G

    September 14, 2013

    Made this soup tonight and it was delicious. I added one small can of unsalted diced tomatoes plus some yellow squash and it was fantastic. Great recipe! Thanks, Reply