Cold weather means warm soups and stews for meals in my kitchen. This soup uses root vegetables that are generally available, especially this time of year. Feel free to use whatever root veggies you like or already have in your produce bin, because that’s what I did. (For ex., I am not a fan of turnips, but if you are, by all means, use them.) I purchased all of these organic, although root veggies may not be as susceptible to pesticides as leafy greens and above ground vegetables.
Utensils: large saucepan or dutch oven, cutting board and knife, strainer, bowls
Prep. Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Categories: Vegan Gluten Free, No Sugar Added
Ingredients (Use what you like!)
1/2 sweet potato, peeled, chopped and cooked or baked (no peeling needed)*
1/2 yellow or red beet, peeled, cut and cooked or baked (no peeling needed)*
one carrot, scrubbed and cut into circles, cooked in water
one or two cauliflowerettes, washed, cut and cooked in water
sliced ginger ( 1 -2 pieces)
1 -1 1/2 cups soup stock from veggie water (See #1 below)
2-3 tsp. curry powder; or cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves; or za’atar
Fresh dill for garnish (optional)
- You can cook all the veggies in water after they are scrubbed and cut into smaller pieces, preparing them the day before or when you start the soup.
- Drain the veggies and use the cooking water as stock, at least 2 cups.
- In a blender or food processor, place the cooked and cut veggies, plus the fresh ginger and spices of choice and puree with 2 cups stock until smooth. (If too thick, add more stock or water, if stock already used up.)
- Taste soup to see if you need more seasoning. (Feel free to add a little salt.)
- Place is serving bowls and garnish with dill (or parsley). I sprinkled some za’atar on the rim of the bowl for additional garnish and then spooned it into my soup.*If you bake the sweet potato and beets, no need to peel, since the peels come off easily after baking. Baking also increases the sweetness of the veggies somewhat.
Yield: About 2 1/2 cups thick soup, but it will thicken in the fridge if you have leftovers, so you may want to add some additional stock or water.
Note: The color of the soup will vary depending on the veggies you choose. I used a yellow beet, but if you used a red beet, the soup would have a reddish tinge.