Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Winter Vegetable Soup

Oh, did we eat badly this weekend, ok maybe not badly but big...lunch at Blackbird, cocktails at The Bank, tasting dinner at Porter & Frye, breakfast at The Bank, popcorn at the movies for lunch, dinner at The Local & finally breakfast at Hell's Kitchen. Believe me we weren't ordering salads! When we got back home Monday night I said dinner had to be light & with lots of vegetables.
Winter Vegetable Soup
The tomato paste & beet add a beautiful color as well as flavor to this soup. We had saved some gruyere rinds & decided to throw them in this soup like people do with parmesan rinds in minestrone. I think they gave off a subtle flavor but added richness. If you don't have any cheese rinds you can just leave them out.

Winter Vegetable Soup

1 T olive oil
1/2 large onion, peeled & chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled & chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled & sliced
1 potato, peeled & diced, about 1/2-inch cubes
1 large parsnip, peeled & sliced
1 large beet, peeled & diced, about 1/2-inch cubes
1 T tomato paste
1/2 t dried thyme
1/4 t dried oregano
1/4 t dried marjoram
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper
3 c chicken or vegetable stock
rind from a piece of gruyere (optional)
2 c kale, roughly chopped or torn
1/2 c orzo

In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions & garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent. Add the carrots, potato, parsnip, & beets. Stir for a minute or two. Add the tomato paste, thyme, oregano, marjoram & bay leaf & stir. Stir in the stock then season with salt & pepper. Throw in the cheese rind if using. Bring to a boil. Cover & reduce heat to low & let simmer 30 minutes.

Remove cheese rind. Stir in kale & orzo. Cook for 9 more minutes or until orzo is tender. Remove bay leaf.

4 servings

6 comments:

Elle said...

this looks so comforting and delicious! I love everything in there--and good call with the cheese rinds!

Elra said...

Funny how my husband just told me that he really wants some vegetables soup for tonight. Your recipe seem like a good idea.
Cheers,
Elra

Klik said...

Thanks for such a good idea - I like vegetables soups!

Peter M said...

Kat, I love the colour and yes...orzo should be used more in soups.

Grace said...

so, when you say you ate bad, you mean you ate really, really good, right? great soup. :)

Lori said...

What a pretty soup.

I know exactly what you mean. I almost feel as if the vegetables actually undo bad eating.

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