On Sunday I made a really nice soup without the use of any packaged vegetable broth, just with the broth generated naturally by the soup's ingredients.
Here is the recipe:
Lisa's Chunky Vegetable Soup
1 tbs canola oil
3 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 large onion, coarsely chopped- my favourites are Spanish onions, sweet onions and Vidalia onions
4 large carrots, peeled and coursely chopped in the food processor
3 celery stalks, chopped into 1/4 inch slices
1 zucchini, cut lengthwise in quarters, and chopped into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 head of cabbage, shredded or 1 bag of plain coleslaw
Black pepper to taste
Trader Joe's Everyday Spice Blend to taste
- Add the oil to a heavy soup pot, heat, and toss the onions and chopped garlic in to cook. Stir frequently until the onion is mostly translucent.
- Add the other veggies and add water to cover.
- Add pepper and Trader Joe's Everyday Spice Blend to taste.
- Bring to a boil, and let the soup boil hard for about three to five minutes.
- Add more water to top up the pot and return to a boil.
- Turn the heat down and let the soup simmer for about twenty minutes.
What about Protein?
Once the soup is made you can add rinsed and drained beans. My go-to beans are black beans but white beans would also go nicely in this soup.
I also put slices of pressed plain tofu in the soup. The tofu absorbs the flavours and becomes quite tasty.
You can serve this soup with crackers or a nice sourdough bread.
I discovered quite by accident that this soup is also great when cold.