Hearty Vegetable Soup

Hearty Vegetable Soup

This thick, hearty soup is delicious on a cold winter night with a slice of homemade no-knead bread. You can of course use any high quality loaf from your local store, but its well worth the extra effort to bake your own loaf.
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Total: 50 min
  • Serves 6 to 8
Hearty Vegetable Soup
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 large parsnips
  • 2 small onions
  • Peel and slice carrots, parsnips, and onions into 1/2-inch pieces. Reserve in a bowl.
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • Dice potatoes and reserve in a small, separate bowl.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until shimmering, about 3 minutes.
  • reserved carrots, parsnips, and onions
  • Add carrots, parsnips, and onions and cook until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes.
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch rosemary
  • reserved potatoes
  • Add chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf, rosemary, and reserved potatoes. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf and discard.
  • Using a ladle or strainer, remove 3 cups of solids from pot and transfer to a food processor. Add 1 cup of broth from pot.
  • 2 slices hearty white bread, lightly toasted
  • Tear bread in small pieces and add to food processor. Puree with vegetables and stock until smooth.
  • Pour puree back into pot.
  • 2 cups curly spinach, stemmed and chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen baby lima beans or frozen peas
  • Add spinach, cannellini beans, and lima beans or peas to pot and cook over medium heat until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • Remove from heat and add balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve with slices of no-knead bread.
From MakeBetterFood.com. . (http://makebetterfood.com/recipes/hearty-vegetable-soup/). Adapted from Cook's Country.
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