Fat free vegetable bisque a satisfying dish

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Ever think you would find a delicious, fat free bisque? This appetizing soup is just as creamy as any cream-based soups and one that will leave you just as satisfied.

The slightly sweet taste of caramel in the evaporated milk lends perfectly with the natural sugars in the vegetables. If you want that added nuance of butter as usually found in bisques, simply add 2 tablespoons with the milk at the end.

Green bean bisque

Green bean bisque

1/2 pound fresh green beans, snipped
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 potato, peeled and roughly chopped
3 cups fat free chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup evaporated skim (fat free) milk

Cut green beans into 2-inch segments and place in a large saucepan with all ingredients except milk.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce to low and simmer 10 to 12 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Remove soup, in batches if needed, to a food processor or blender and puree on high until as smooth as possible. Return to saucepan, add milk and bring to scalding over medium heat. Remove to serve immediately.  Enough for 4 servings
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About the Author: Jim Bailey is a third generation Yankee Chef, New England food historian and newspaper columnist. His first cookbook, simply titled The Yankee Chef, has been published. He welcomes all feedback, questions or comments at theyankeechef@aol.com.

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