Thursday, June 10, 2010

Seasonal Soup with Vegetables

I needed a quick starter meal to go with my sandwiches yesterday and this soup worked out great. This wasn't a planned meal, just something that I realized I could make with the produce I had in my fridge. If I had actually planned it, I would have added more greens. I found the soup to taste a lot like the cabbage rolls I made last week, mainly because of the boiled cabbage and tomatoes. It might look like a light soup but trust me, it is very filling.

Recipe from Emeril Green
Serves 6 to 8

* 3 Tb extra virgin oil
* 1 cup sliced red onion
* 4 cloves minced garlic
* 3 pounds shredded mixed greens ( any mixture of spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, red and green cabbage leaves and Brussels sprouts )
* 8 cups vegetable stock
* 2 15 oz cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
* 2 15 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 tsp salt
* Pinch of cayenne
* Pinch of ground thyme

1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add sliced onions and garlic and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

2. Add greens, a handful at a time. Stir until wilted before adding next bunch.

3. Add the stock, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes, bay leaf, salt, cayenne and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

4. Taste for seasoning. Greens should be tender and slightly spicy. Add just enough salt to enhance flavors.


  1. this sounds so darn gooooood. if it was not a million and one degrees here in az, i would totally make that. i will save this and make it in october when it is not so insanely hot!

  2. i know exactly what you mean. It's been in the 80s and 90s here in California but we got a break from the heat this past week..I had to make before it shoots back up to the 90s next week : [

  3. Hey Jacklyn! This soup sounds so healthful and it does actually look hearty/filling to me. I like to fill up on soups like this-it's a delicious and guilt free way of eating (smile).
    By the way, I love the way Taffy's face is so center-very cute!

  4. Exactly, I like to do the same : ]
    And thank you, that was his little headshot for a contest awhile back : ]