Creamy Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Creamy Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
Creamy Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

If you’re looking for a healthy, comforting soup that hits the spot, this recipe is just what you’ve been looking for!  The flavors remind me of a cozy autumn day.  Roasting the root vegetables gives them a warm and rich flavor.  This recipe is vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 rutabaga

2 large parsnips or 4 small

1 medium sweet potato

1 medium carrot

2 medium sweet onions cut into chunks

4-5 cloves of garlic

1 32 oz. container of unsalted vegetable broth plus 3 cups

1 tsp. plus ¼ tsp of fresh thyme

1 tsp. sea salt plus ¼ tsp.

½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper plus 1 pinch

2 pinches of crushed red pepper

2 pinches of cinnamon

2 pinches of fresh ground nutmeg

Instructions:

Pre heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Peel your root vegetables (minus the onion) and cut them up into medium chunks.  Place them on a large baking sheet and add 2 tbsp. of olive oil, 1 tsp. fresh thyme, 1 tsp. sea salt, ½ tsp. black pepper, 2 pinches of cinnamon, and 2 pinches of nutmeg.  Coat everything together with your fingers until evenly coated.  Place in the oven and bake for about 40-45 minutes until they are fork tender.

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In a large soup pot heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil on medium heat and add the onions, ¼ tsp. of sea salt, pinch of pepper and 2 pinches of crushed red pepper.  Cook for about five minutes stirring frequently.  Reduce the heat to medium low; add the garlic and ¼ tsp. of fresh thyme and continue cooking for about 15 minutes until the onions are caramelized.

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Turn the heat up to medium high, and add the roasted vegetables and vegetable stock.  Simmer for a couple minutes and remove from the heat.  Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it’s smooth and creamy.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular blender.  Just make sure to do it in 2-3 batches, so you don’t overfill your blender.  This soup was a great hit at my house!  I hope you give it a try!

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Enjoy!

Healthy and Hearty Vegetable Soup

Healthy and Hearty Vegetable Soup
Healthy and Hearty Vegetable Soup

 

At least one day a week, I like to try to eat vegetarian.  This soup is great for lunch or dinner, and is so delicious and hearty that you won’t be missing the meat at all!

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 large Onion diced (white or yellow)

2 cups of sliced Carrots

3 cloves of minced Garlic

4 cups of sliced Zucchini (3/4” thick)

(1) 16 ounce bag of frozen Fordhook Lima Beans

(1) 28 ounce can of Hunts Diced Tomatoes Basil, Garlic & Oregano

(1) 32 ounce container of Unsalted Vegetable Stock

20 grinds of fresh ground Black Pepper or ¼ tsp of pre-ground

2 pinches of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1 tsp. dried Basil

½ tsp. dried Oregano

1 tsp. Sea Salt

(1) 5 ounce container of fresh Baby Spinach

 Directions:

In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium heat, and add the onions, carrots and red pepper flakes.  Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, and add garlic, zucchini, pepper, sea salt, basil and oregano.  Stir everything together, and cook for 2 more minutes.  Add the tomatoes and vegetable stock and bring to a boil.  Add the lima beans and cover and simmer on medium low heat for about 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.

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Serve the soup in a bowl, and top with a large handful of spinach.  Let the spinach wilt from the heat of the soup and serve.  (I like adding the spinach to the individual servings to keep its nutritional value, and so it doesn’t become mushy for leftovers.)

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Enjoy!