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Christmas Day Vegan Soup Challenge!!!

Windsor Nov 28, 2009 05:32 PM

I need to bring a vegan soup for Christmas day dinner that will sooth the souls of vegans and carnivores alike. Would love to hear your inspirations.

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  1. MMRuth RE: Windsor Nov 28, 2009 05:33 PM

    You might want to consider a celeriac soup, made with vegetable broth. Candy (a poster) has a great recipe for a soup that uses both celeriac and celery. I can find the link for you if that sounds interesting.

    1. pikawicca RE: Windsor Nov 28, 2009 05:50 PM

      I gave my son a recipe for a Sweet Potato/Apple/Chipotle Soup to take to a Thanksgiving gathering. It was a big hit. Easy, vegan, the recipe is from "Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health."

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        jeanmarieok RE: pikawicca Nov 29, 2009 09:48 AM

        I like that recipe a lot!!! I just came here to post it as a suggestion - different, but delicious. Go easy on the chipotle.

      2. Karl S RE: Windsor Nov 28, 2009 06:17 PM

        Hint: the combination of shallots/leeks and dried porcini mushrooms is a great base for soups that won't have a meat broth. Adding a touch of tomato paste helps with the umami effect.

        I'd consider this porcini mushroom and barley soup:


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          LauraGrace RE: Karl S Nov 29, 2009 09:10 AM

          Miso is another umami-rich ingredient.

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          koshermasterchef RE: Windsor Nov 28, 2009 07:10 PM

          Easiest recipe I know is the Butternut Squash soup I make for Thanksgiving. Using 2lbs of cleaned, peeled and diced squash. Two onions, cut into quarters and two large garlic cloves, a generous sprinkling of salt, pepper and a generous slathering of olive oil. Roast at 375 till the squash is very, very soft. Pour the entire pan of vegetables, oil, etc. into a large pot. Add about five fresh Sage leaves, sliced thinly and about four stripped Thyme stalks. Pour vegetable stock till it is just covered. Allow to simmer for about fifteen minutes. Using a stick blender (or a blender and doing it in small batches) finely blend all the ingredients. Adjust for salt and pepper seasoning. Simmer for five or so minutes and serve. We have "Organic Vegan" family members I have to cater for every Thanksgiving. They love this soup.

          1. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Windsor Nov 28, 2009 08:05 PM

            Along the lines of sweet potatoes and butternut squash:


            I thought the soup was very good. Also, Laurel's Kitchen has a split pea soup that is very good too. I can't find my copy, but you local library might have one.

            1. Cherylptw RE: Windsor Nov 29, 2009 08:44 AM

              Caribbean Vegetable Gumbo; the base is veg stock & coconut milk..add assorted vegs (I used okra, tomatoes, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, corn, chard or spinach and sweet potatoes); add vegetable sea salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, cumin and caribbean jerk seasoning blend. If you like it more spicy, add a whole habanero pepper while cooking then remove before serving. Garnish with toasted coconut.

              1. enbell RE: Windsor Nov 29, 2009 09:43 AM

                Are you trying to match this soup with the rest of your menu? If so, what else to you plan on serving? I really like the gumbo idea above. There is a great asparagus soup recipe from prior thread I loved. Pumpkin and lentil also came to mind (but lentil just doesn't seem very festive to me). Are you leaning one way yet (like a broth based vs chowder type)?

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                  LauraGrace RE: Windsor Nov 29, 2009 10:46 AM

                  Minestrone. Healthy, hearty, and filling. It's the most basic rec. you could imagine: garlic, onions, carrots, veggie broth, garbanzos and cannelinis, zucchini, some oregano, rosemary, and thyme, a couple bay leaves, some tomatoes, and tiny pasta. It's fabulous with garlic bread, and so hearty that you'd never miss meat!

                  I've served it to carnivores and told them only AFTERWARD that it was vegan. :)

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