Sunday, February 27, 2011
Veggie Soup 101
Veggie soup is one of our favorite foods, it's warm, satisfying and so easy to throw together. We often make a big pot on the weekends and then have it for lunch throughout the week (a cup of soup is also a great snack). Our soup is never exactly the same any two times, we don't follow a recipe per say, we just use whatever veggies we have on hand and some herbs (fresh or dried). The only items we always include are onions and garlic. We also like to include some type of leafy green (swiss chard, kale, spinach, or cabbage), and some type of sweet/starchy veggie (carrot, winter squash, turnip). Other veggie add-in that often make their way into our pot include: celery, fennel, green beans, zucchini, and tomatoes. Some of our favorite herbs include: sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, tarragon, cinnamon, nutmeg, and crushed red pepper. If we're itching for something extra hearty and filling we might toss in some beans (lima, kidney, navy, whatever you like) or grains (we particularly like wild rice). The formula for making the soup is also pretty darn simple.
Add a little olive oil to a large pot, saute the aromatics (onion and garlic) until they are translucent.
Add in the other veggies, herbs, grains or beans (if using), and enough water or broth to cover the veggies. Cover the pot and let it simmer until the veggies are cooked.
VIOLA - you have soup!
Here's the mixture I used in this week's pot - all the measures (especially the herbs) are approximate!
Enough Olive Oil to coat the bottom of the pot
1 Large onion, diced
6 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Fennel Bulb, along with the stalks and fronds, chopped
4 Large Celery Stalks, chopped
1 Medium Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed
1 Large Bunch of Swiss Chard, stalks and leaves chopped
1 Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 teaspoon each fresh Thyme and Sage
1 teaspoon dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/4 teaspoon each ground cinnamon and nutmeg
Enough water to cover the veggies
To make the soup, I just followed the two easy steps above! Now I urge you to go forth and make your own yummy concoction, and be sure to tell us your favorite ingredients for veggie soup!
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