Vegetable Dense Soup

I love soup and could eat it everyday come fall and winter.  There is something about soup – warming on the way down, in a mug – warming your hands and soothing to the body!  Stella does not have my love of soup and so far I have only made 2 soups that she has enjoyed – 7 Ingredient Tomato Basil and Lentil Soup.  As I was enjoying the last batch of soup – I said to Stella I wish you liked soup, it is so good.  She then told me she did not like all the stuff in them.  That made me think – I could make a vegetable soup – packed with vegetables and then puree it and she might just like it!

So as the weather turned cold and windy and we prepare for Hurricane Sandy – I decided to make a big pot of soup and try my hypothesis.  Talking to my friends we are all preparing food for the next couple of days – they are anticipating that we are going to lose power and we could go without for several days – school is cancelled – which the kids are happy about and there is a feeling in the air that we can’t place or name.  We are lucky – we have a gas stove and even if we lose power we can still cook.  I made a big pot of soup, corn bread, hard boiled some eggs and a big batch of pancakes – so we are set.

Many Veggies Soup


6 cups of broth
2 cups of water
1 large parsnip, cut into 1″ pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into 1″ pieces
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 – 2 red potatoes, cut into 1″ pieces
8 or more tomatoes, core, de-seeded and cut into chunks
2 stalks of celery, sliced
Broccoli (we had some purple and I wanted to use)
Quinoa, couscous or other grain

1. Heat the broth.

2. Cut up the parsnip, carrots, onion and garlic – add to the broth.

3. Core, de-seed and cut up the tomatoes and add to broth.

4. Cut the celery, broccoli and basil – add to the broth.

5. Simmer the soup for about 1 hour.

6. Add about 1/2 cup of grain – simmer for 15 minutes and then turn the soup off and let the flavors meld together.

7. Puree the soup with a hand held blender or use a blender.

Garnish with some freshly grated Parmesan or basil. My hypothesis tested – the outcome – Stella LOVED the soup and told me it was a keeper!

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One Response to Vegetable Dense Soup

  1. Candace Coffin says:

    The blog kept me wondering until the end and I was thrilled that Stella likes the soup. The photos were beautiful and the fact that Stella is eating “broth” is wonderful. Soup looked pretty too. : )

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