- 2 tbsp. reduced-calorie margarine
- 1 lg. onion, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 1 (28 oz.) can peeled Italian plum
- 3 c. chicken broth
- 1 sm. boiling potato, peeled and
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves or
- 2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- Salt to taste
- 1 c. milk
Melt margarine in a soup pot over low heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic. Cook, covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and wilted. Crush tomatoes in their liquid and add to the pot along with the chicken broth, potato, basil, nutmeg and salt. Cook, covered, over low heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool to room temperature. Puree in a blender, in small batches, adding a bit of milk to each batch. Return to soup pot and adjust seasonings. Before serving, warm through over very low heat. Do not boil. Serves 6.
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup amaranth
Combine water, the amaranth, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for 25 minutes or until the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Makes about 1 cups.
Variation with Mixed Tiny Grains: Mix teff, amaranth, and quinoa, the latter thoroughly rinsed, and cook as described.