MY FAVORITE VEGETABLE SOUP
You can’t get more basic than this! It is so good on wintery day. SO good. Simple, easy, extremely full of nutrition, and vegan, even…unless…you want to add some chicken, turkey, ground beef, even hunks of firm fish…whatever you like. Anything goes in this pot o’ deliciousness!
The following is how I usually make it – but, really, it’s a whatever-you’ve-got-in-the-fridge type deal. I saute the first few aromatics and then add the broth and tomato sauce. THEN, I can add as many vegetables as it will hold. I love my soup to have a lot of substance and a little liquid, so I use a ton. (In other words, the amounts of vege are only suggested, and negotiable! If you use less the stats will go down a little, of course.)
As with just about every fabulous soup, this is better the next day…and the next…and freezes like a dream.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 large stalks of celery, sliced
One 15-ounce can tomato sauce OR diced or crushed tomatoes
Two 32-ounce boxes vegetable or chicken broth
3 large carrots, sliced
2 medium zucchini, yellow crook neck, etc – diced
4 medium sized waxy potatos (red or white), chunked
One 14-ounce can green beans, drained, OR 2 cups frozen
1 cup frozen corn (Trader Joe’s roasted is fab!)
One (approx 9-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
2 tablespoons pearl barley
1 teaspoon salt (may need more, depending on your taste)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Few dashes cayenne pepper
In a large stockpot, over medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, garlic, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes, or until onion is beginning to soften.
Pour in the tomato sauce (or diced or crushed, undrained) and broth. Add in vegetables until it’s as “thick” as you like it. I use them ALL in the amounts written!
Add barley, salt, cumin, sugar, pepper, and cayenne. Stir well, and cover, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour or until veggies are tender.
Makes A LOT! I don’t know…probably ten really good sized servings. Let’s go with that. It’s all vegetables and a little oil – shouldn’t even have to count the calories!!
Per Serving: 162 Cal; 7 g Protein; 5 g Tot Fat; 26 g Carb; 7 g Fiber; 19 g NET carbs; 6 g Sugar; 519 mg Sodium