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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"Everyday Cooking"- 'Rustic' Italian Vegetable Soup
What do you do when you feel under the weather? Actually the weather in Ithaca is most days 'gloomy'.Ithaca is located in a valley. 6 months we have winter and heavy snow...then the other 6 months summer has many rainy days and no sun at all! It is obvious many a times I feel under the weather....crave some warm foods to heat up the body and soothe the mind. Soups work like magic in these situations! I love sipping on piping hot soups on such 'gloomy' days.I love all kinds of soups...but more than 'Cream of anything' like Cream of Spinach, Cream of broccoli....I love 'broth' like soups....my speciality tomato soup, Sweet Corn soup, and this Italian vegetable soup. They are both nutritious and flavorfull....so tempting! You immediately feel the warmth and the release of 'serotonins' to cheer you up!
This particular 'Italian Vegetable Soup' is pretty rustic looking....all the components maintain their individuality but yet all the flavors marry in a delicious way.It is similar to "Italian Wedding' soup...but without any meat.
1/4 cup chopped broccoli
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup frozen/chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup corn kernels
1/4cup cooked black beans/ any cooked beans of your choice
1/2tsp garlic finely chopped
1/4tsp black pepper
1/2tsp Italian seasoning( Thyme,Rosemary,Basil,Parsley etc)
1/2tsp Fresh/ dried Basil
1/2 cup Crushed tomatoes
1/2tsp chili powder
Grated Parmesan cheese
2) Add the crushed tomatoes and saute for another 3-4 mins.
3) Add 4 cups water to the pan. Add all the herbs and spices. Add salt.
4) Simmer till all the veggies cook tender.
5) To serve, place soup in soup bowl, top with drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of parmesan cheese and few herb-garlic croutons.
6) Sip hot and feel fresh and energetic right away!