Belly Warming Veggie Soup
I wrote my first post and then struggled with what I would post next. There were so many ideas running through my mind and all of them sounded great. The internet will love this, finally I can have people I have never met think I’m really awesome! This will be great! And then I started to remember the technical difficulties I had with that first post and thought, maybe it’s best to take it slow. So since I’m not going to jump out with anything crazy, might as well start out with a simple and yummy recipe; Vegetable Soup!
So, I have made this soup a few times and it’s always turned out a little different. Each time it was delicious and as someone trying to be as healthy as I can be, this soup really can’t go wrong. Carrots, leek, kale, you name it and it’s pretty much in there. I found this recipe on Pinterest (obviously) a while ago and I was so excited to make it because the picture was just so yummy looking. I can tell you right now my pictures are not as perfect as KayoticKitchen’s but I’m trying! Anyways, I’ve made this for the boys before, wether they remember or not, but I did get approval from them so points for this recipe. It is different from the original recipe because I’m not skilled enough to make goat cheese topping but let’s start!
4 decent sized tomatoes
1 big onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 big potato
1 large leek
1 1/2 cups of kale
8 cups of water
1 can tomato paste
3 vegetable bouillon cubes
salt and pepper to taste
So start off with pre-heating the oven to 400. Cut the tomatoes into slices and drizzle with vegetable oil, salt, pepper and basil. Throw them in the oven for about 30 minutes or for me how long it took me to cut all the rest of the vegetables.
Then start chopping up everything else. So, the carrots, kale, onions, leek and potatoes. I did try to make everything pretty and put them in containers, but I don’t normally do that. Look bloggers, you’re making me a more organized person already! Yay! Okay, back to the recipe…
Now, in a big pot add a little bit of oil and toss in all the vegetables. Make sure they don’t brown, just allow them to cook together a few minutes. Then take the garlic cloves and grate them into the pot with a cheese grater. I remember doing it the first time and thinking it was the coolest thing! Like discovering an incredible cooking secret and feeling like I could call myself some kind of cooking pro! And then I talked to my mum and she just looked at me strangely. Calm down, just make soup.
Then add in the water and the tomato paste. Stir it all around and take the tomatoes out of the oven and dump them in, oils and all. Next, crumble in the vegetable bouillon and stir until it looks dissolved. Then toss in a bunch of basil, parsley and maybe some oregano now that I think of it.
Now, this is one of the things I didn’t do the first few times I made it: let it simmer for 30 mins! Yes go away for a half an hour! Turn the heat down low and stir occasionally. Go work out; do laundry! When I first started really getting into cooking didn’t think it would make much of a difference. I ain’t got time for that shit! It’ll all taste the same who cares! No. Make time! You know if you weren’t making soup you’d just be sitting on your butt on Pinterest! Oh wait, that’s me. Anyways, let it sit 30 minutes then come back and get out your food processor (or blender)!
It took me three blenders full to do the whole soup and I did make a very big mess. Some of you might enjoy not blending it but I found all the flavours pooled together better. It also comes out pretty thick. It’s the kind of soup you want when it’s snowing out, you’re curled up under a blanket watching The Garden State.
You’re almost done! Now just put it in a pretty bowl with some cheddar cheese! And of course then take a picture of it and post it on Instagram. Because we all know you can’t eat food without adding an amaro finish and commenting with a zillion hash-tags.
And there we have it! Our first recipe together, yay! Give yourself a pat on the back and have some soup! Please comment and let me know what you think, or if you have instagram hashtag #WarmVeggieSoup @shanelleamn !