I am nursing a head cold at the moment, so I thought a recipe review of one of our favorite soups would be very appropriate. This recipe is one that I found years ago, and I make it all the time. It is one of the easiest soups to make, and it really does not disappoint. Better yet, it’s a recipe that uses ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand, which makes it so easy to throw together at the last minute. It’s vegetarian, gluten free, if you don’t eat it with bread, dairy free, if you skip the Parmesan cheese on top, and if you make it with vegetable stock it’s vegan!
It starts with prepping your veggies. Chop up one medium onion, two stalks of celery, and four ripe tomatoes. The bigger you chop the veggies, the chunkier your soup will be. Then slice your cloves of garlic. The recipe calls for two, but I generally put in one more, or two if they are smaller, because I love garlic.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and saute your celery and onion for 5-6 minutes, until they are soft.
Add the tomatoes, salt, and garlic, and saute for 3 more minutes, (the original recipe actually has you add the garlic with the broth and beans in the next step, but I like the flavor of the garlic to really mix in with the veggies). Then add your broth and beans, and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, adding in the parsley during the last 5 minutes. While the soup is simmering, I chop up my parsley, so it’s ready to throw in at the 15 minute mark.
Not the best picture, I know, but this soup is very good. It is phenomenal the second and the third day because the flavors have really gotten a chance to blend together. We like to eat it with a buttered slice of crusty bread. You can also have it topped with a little Parmesan, or just on its own.
Here’s the link for the recipe: Jewels’ Favorite Soup Jill Makes. If you are only feeding yourself, or just like to do freezer meals ahead of time, the leftovers freeze beautifully.
If you have a favorite soup recipe please share in the comments, or email me! I am always looking for new ones to try, particularly any that make for a hasty cold recovery 🙂