ISO: Healthy Soups of the Season....
SO and I LOVE soup. Especially healthy soups (Since we try to find balance with our chowhound ways...) For this fall and winter I've decided to focus my cooking on SOUPS! I already have a couple great recipes in mind (Cooks Illustrated Mushroom and Barley for one!) and want to see if any of you guys would like to lend a hand in this project project by sharing your favorte soup recipes! Broth based soups, tomato based soups, and soups with lots of green leafies are especially appreciated! :)
I usually make a yummy butternut squash soup. I add garlic, onions, one large potato, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper to a pot with a little oil. Cook for about five minutes then add the squash and chicken stock. Bring to boil then simmer for 25 minutes or until pot squash and potato is cooked. Blend with an immersion blender and taste for seasonings.
This is a soup that I never measure. I just throw a bunch of stuff in. I have also roasted lots of root veg. and made the same kind of soup.
my favorite healthy: ginger carrot. sautee a chopped onion in a little butter and o.oil. dice up a bag of scrubbed organic carrots (i think organic makes a big difference taste-wise w/ carrots) and add them to the pot. next add a bunch of chopped or grated fresh ginger (the more the spicier) and continue to sautee all a little longer while stirring. after a few minutes add enough broth (chicken or veg stock) to cover all the carrots and then some, add salt, and let simmer until carrots are soft. use a soup wand (or soup stick, hand mixer, zoomzoom -- it has so many different names) to puree the soup and let cool and sit a bit. (it's better when reheated, after flavors marry) you can ad a touch of cream or milk to richen it or serve with a dolop of whole yogurt and a sprinkle of fresh chive.
Not a recipe but check out the new Nov. Food and Wine. They feature a woman who owned a restaurant and makes soup for a soup kitchen. Her soups looked so delicious I need to get my hands on a copy of the magazine (I was passing time at the library!). She had one in there with butternut squash and other veg. that looked fantastic!!
I think this should do the trick for what she calls Butternut Squash Soup. Man! With all that's in it. It really should be called something else:) Anyways, the recipe's now paraphrased so there shouldn't be a problem.
6 cups low-salt chicken broth
One 2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded. quartered, cut into 2-inch pieces
5 sprigs fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, cut in half
2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 celery rib, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 thick slices of bacon, cut crosswise 1/2 inch thick
2 packed cups coarsely chopped collards or kale
One 15-ounce can pinto or roman beans, drained and rinsed
1 medium carrot, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 cup corn kernels
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large kettle, combine the broth, squash, thyme, garlic, leeks and celery and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low 45 minutes.
In a skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the bacon strips and cook over med-high heat, turning once, until crisp, about 7 minutes.
Discard the thyme sprigs from the soup. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the pot. Add the bacon, collards, pinto beans, carrot, bell pepper and corn and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Season with s&p and it's ready to serve.
Last year I had dinner at a local (and the only one in Boston) Polish restaurant, they always have such warm and comforting soups. This one time they had pickle soup on the menu. I'm not a huge pickle fan but since every other soup of theirs had been fantastic, I figured what the heck.
This soup was so good I wanted to take a bath in it, the flavor was like nothing I expected. I now make this often at home, it's easy and relatively quick.
I have been using this recipe as a jumping off point (I tend to use recipes as guide lines as opposed to the absolute)
A dollop of sour cream when serving adds a little decadence
Because of a current thread about pressure cookers, I came across this interesting looking pressure cooker recipe for butternut squash bisque.
Because of some postings on another thread, I think I'll try this recipe without peeling the squash and apples but will run them through a food mill after cooking to get rid of the skins and the fibers. Then maybe a blender.
Also for this recipe, I keep thinking about apple pie or pumpkin pie seasoning and coconut milk.