October 14, 2009

Quick Bite: Vegetable Soup

I must have already shared this recipe with 59,685 people because it is hands-down the best vegetable soup I have ever had. This version is adapted from the Real Simple original by doubling most of the ingredients, adding some chicken sausage and a can of corn, and adjusting the broth to taste. Honestly, this might be the most fool-proof soup recipe I have encountered (whereas that potato leek I once made was not), so I would say play around with it and make it your own. We usually gobble this up with a side of crusty french bread or a grilled-cheese. With weather like this, just make a big batch and come home to a quick bowl of soup for a few days without having to brave it for groceries or dinner out there. I mean really, I'm thisclose to buying a Snuggie if it stays like this!


*To make it easier, you can buy pre-chopped carrots and broccoli

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

4 celery stalks, chopped

2 32-ounce cartons free-range chicken broth

2 pound Yukon Gold or white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)

2-3 cups chopped broccoli

1 15.25-ounce can of whole kernel yellow corn

1 pack of pre-cooked chicken sausage (Trader Joe's or Aidells Organic), sliced

1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan

1 baguette, sliced and toasted (optional)

1 cup water


Warm the oil in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, water, potatoes, thyme, and salt. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, broccoli, corn, and chicken sausage and cook 5 to 10 minutes more or until all the vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Serve with toasted baguette slices.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds and looks really delicious ..
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