Posted Nov 25, 2011 in Food | 0 Comments

Baby It’s Cold Outside

So, the weather outside is getting frightful, and not all of us have a fire to find so delightful, however we all seem to have a stove, Let’s make SOUP! There is something ephemeral about soup, it transcends the conventions of  a set meal, it can be an entree, a main course, and in some funky universe, even a dessert.

The fantastic thing about soup is that it’s simple, no fuss, no muss just easy, it requires little effort to make and usually yields a rather delicious result.The ingredients are simple, usually whatever left over vegetables or meat  you have in the fridge will produce a delicious soup.

The base of the soup is simple, onions, carrots and celery, diced to approximately 1x1cm, then slowly cooked with some good olive oil in the pot until they soften. Once soft, you can add your broth (chicken, beef or vegetable will do)
Bring to a boil and add your favourite veggies, peas, broccoli, asparagus, beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, kale, the list is endless.

Simmer until all vegetables are cooked and tender; always remember to start with the vegetables that take the longest to cook, in order to make sure your soup is ready at the same time. Take a look at this simple easy recipe for minestrone, it’s sure to warm you up when the weather starts to get frightful.

Ingredients

Olive oil – 15 mL – 1 tbsp
Onion, diced – 250 mL – 1 cup
Carrot, diced – 250 mL – 1 cup
Celery, diced – 250 ml – 1 cup
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
Fresh parsley, chopped – 125 mL – 1/2 cup
Sodium reduced chicken stock – 1 L – 4 cups
Water – 500 mL – 2 cups
Navy beans, drained and rinsed – 540 mL – 1 can 19oz
Potato, peeled and diced – 250 mL – 1 cup
Zucchini, diced – 250 mL – 1 cup
Savoy cabbage – shredded – 250 mL – 1 cup
Fresh plum tomatoes – diced – 500 mL – 2 cups
1 bay leaf
Dried basil – 5 mL – 1 tsp
Dried oregano – 5 mL – 1 tsp
Dried thyme – 2 mL ½ tsp
Pepper to taste

Directions

1.    Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and sautee without browning for about 10 minutes.

2.    Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cheese, and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.

3.    Pour into bowls and top with parmesan cheese (if using).

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