Archive for October, 2010

Nourishing Recipe: Viva Le Veggie Soup

Oct. 4th 2010

I adore making vegetable soup because there are no rules.  Take a bunch of veggies, throw them into a pot with broth and herbs and voila! – it’s dinner.  Only after working with many clients, did I realize that not everyone is comfortable with such a free-wheeling attitude towards making soup.  For those that prefer a few more guidelines, here is the recipe for the vegetable soup I made last night.  Feel free to add, eliminate or substitute any ingredient :)

8 cups quality vegetable broth, such as Pacific

½ onion, chopped

4 stalks organic celery, chopped

4 organic carrots, sliced

Extra virgin olive oil

1 can diced tomatoes with liquid

1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme

1-2 bay leaves

¾ teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1 cup yellow squash, chopped

1 cup green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1”pieces

1 cup okra

1 cup corn (frozen is fine)

1 cup lima beans (frozen is fine)

½ bunch chard, washed thoroughly and chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Saute’ onion, celery and carrots in 2 tablespoons olive oil until onions are translucent.  Add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes with liquid, rice and dried herbs.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat, cover and simmer about 30 minutes.     Add squash, green beans, corn and  okra.  Simmer another 25 minutes.  Add chopped chard and cook  for 10 more minutes.   Pepper to taste.

Cooking Notes:

  • I typically do not add salt.  I think there is plenty in the vegetable broth.
  • The amount of rice I used will make a really thick, hearty soup.  Stew might be a more apt description.  Feel free to cut back to 1/2 cup if you want more of a soup consistency. Since I cooked the rice in the broth, the rice soaks up a good amount of the broth.  Be prepared to add additional broth or water if needed to get the consistency you desire.  Adding cooked rice will eliminate the need for added liquids.
  • I used frozen roasted corn I picked up at Trader Joe’s.  Thanks Halie for letting me know about that!  It gave the soup a wonderful slightly smokey flavor.
  • Okra is a natural thickener.
  • Feeling decadent? Sprinkle a little grated Pecorino Romano cheese on top.

Do you have a favorite vegetable soup recipe?

Posted by Deborah Buell | in Blog, Healthy Eating | Comments Off

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