Sunday, September 21, 2008

Vegetable Soup

The Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook by Mollie Katzen has, hands down, the best vegetable soup recipe. What makes it so appealing (aside from the white wine broth), is the ease and variety of variations given. Below is the base. Step two and three allows you to add just about anything. Great soup for maximizing CSA pickups.

Vegetable Soup

Step One
  • Large potato, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 4 cups stock or water
  • dash of salt
Boil together cover in kettle until potatoes are just tender.

Step Two
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stalk chopped celery
  • 1 large diced carrot
  • 1/2 tsp herbs
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Any additional slow cooking vegtables (peppers, zucchini, etc.)
In heavy skillet add butter and oil; saute onions, garlic, salt on medium heat, stirring for 3 minutes. Add remaining, cook and stir until tender, approx. 8-10 minutes. Add entire skilletful, liquid and all, to potatoes and their water. Simmer an additional 20-30 minutes.

Step Three
  • 3/4 c dry white wine
  • 1 tbs tamari sauce
  • Any quick cooking vegetables (tomatoes, spinach, etc.) and/or bean and/or grains
Add when there are 20 minutes left to simmer before serving time.

Garnish with fresh-minced scallions.

Thank! you! Molly!

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