Boston Veggie


Minestrone soup
November 6, 2009, 3:00 pm
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This is one of my childhood all time favorite meals. It is classic Italian minestrone soup, with a twist. Instead of chunks of vegetables, we use a stick mixer to puree all the vegetables into a smooth and creamy soup. My mom made this all the time growing up, and a simple switch from chicken stock to vegetable stock makes it a vegan delight! If you have a stick mixer, I’d definitely give this a shot.

This is what a stick mixer looks like, if you are unfamiliar:
stick mixer

This recipe will serve about 4 people, but if you want to make it for 8, just double everything but the stock.

What you’ll need:
1 tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbs tomato paste dissolved in 1 cup of water
3 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 white potatoes, peeled and cubed (or 5 red potatoes, which you don’t need to peel)
2 zucchini’s, sliced
1 15 oz can of kidney beans
6 cups of vegetable or “No-Chicken” stock (If you want to double the recipe for 8 people, do not double the stock. To double the recipe, use 9 cups of stock, not 12)

I used to always use vegetable stock, until I discovered No Chicken stock! It tastes just like chicken stock, but with none of the hormones, pesticides, steroids, cruelty, or greenhouse gas emissions! I love a good vegetable stock, but sometimes chicken flavor just works best.
nochicken

Instructions:
1. In large soup pot, heat olive oil and add garlic and onions. Saute five minutes.
2. Add dissolved tomato paste, celery, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and kidney beans. Simmer five minutes.
3. Add stock, bring to a boil.
4. Turn down heat, allow to simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Using stick mixer, puree vegetables until all the chunks are gone.
6. Enjoy!

Seriously you guys, when I start making this soup, you know fall/winter is here. Give it a try, it is soo easy and sooo good for you! This meal contains: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Dietary Fiber, Potassium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Folate, Calcium, Tryptophan, Iron, Protein, Copper, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and Selenium.

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