I was asked today to supply soup for our church's traditional Lenten meal of simple soup and bread.. Now it's perfectly acceptable to go to Costco and purchase big cans of soup but I was thinking about providing something nicer. This would be for about 75 people and must be meatless. Anyone have any easy recipe?
There is a soup event happening on one of the bloghs this month - and a huge list of soup recipes there, take a look:
I would go with a squash or veggie soup that will keep well. Feeding 75 is going to be a challenge though. :)
sautee sliced leeks in olive oil.
when fragrant add some bay leaves and dried thyme.
add lots of chopped carrots and some chopped sweet potato, as well as a knob of sliced ginger. toss for a few minutes til it sizzles.
add water to cover and toss in some chopped garlic. bring to a boil and reduce to simmer til all veggies are tender. finish with s&p and a few squirts of lemon juice. let cool.
in batches puree the veggies in your food processor, adding enough broth to get the texture you like, and adjust the seasonings. if you have time, let it rest overnight.
you can also add cumin, coconut milk and chili to this.
a lentil or white bean soup would be nice and traditional too.
This recipe serves about 36. If you've got a pot big enough you can double it, otherwise you'll need to make two pots.
Lenten Lentil Soup
1/4 cup olive oil
4 onions, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
6 celery ribs, chopped
2 tablespoons crushed garlic
1 gallon vegetable broth
6 cups dry french lentils, rinsed
1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (4 oz) tomato paste
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried oregano
in a large stock pot, combine olive oil, onions, carrots and celery over medium high heat. When mixture begins to sizzle, reduce heat to low and cover. Let cook about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add garlic and let cook 2-3 minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Lower heat to medium low, cover and simmer about 45-60 minutes, until lentils are tender.
Finish by adding salt and pepper to taste. Delicious with crusty bread.
I make a really simple easy cabbage soup by sauteeing a lot of garlic, some yellow onions and tomato paste in a lot of olive oil, once the oil is nice and "red" and the garlic and onions are wilted, add canned low sodium veggie broth and some chopped coarsely carrots. Simmer for about 10 minutes, add thinly sliced green cabbage and cook an additional 25-35 minutes. For seasoning I use some fresh thyme, dried oregano and lemon juice and I usually toss in a left-over rind of pamesan cheese.I usually cook it for about 45 minutes to an hour.
My ingredient amounts are as follows: 1/4 cup olive oil, 5 large cloves garlic, 1 medium onion; 1/4 cup tomato paste (I use tuttorosso or some really good organic Italian kind from whole foods that comes in a glass jar with a gold lid); 6 medium carrots; 1 small head cabbage, 5-6 cups broth, juice of 2 lemons.
To serve, provide hearty rye or pumpernickel bread, grated parmesan cheese and creme fraiche or sour cream.
People are always surprised that they actually like cabbage soup, but the combination of using a lot of olive oil to sautee the tomato paste really intensifies the flavor and the parmesan rind also works wonders.
This Tomato Bisque is deliciously satisfying and easy to make. The following recipe serves 8, so you'll have to scale it up.
1 large can (32 oz) crushed or diced tomatoes in puree
1 onion, chopped
4 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
Put all ingredients except evaporated milk into a soup pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and remove bay leaf. Using an immersion hand blender, puree soup until smooth. (If you don't have an immersion blender, you can blend soup in batches in a regular blender--just be sure to let it cool before you blend it.) Stir in evaporated milk. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley or basil just before serving.