My Grandmother made a killer vegetable soup. She was Irish and fabulous in the kitchen. She used to tap her foot to the beat of the mashing of the mashed potatoes like she was in a dance competition at the same time. Nanny had soul. Nanny had spirit. Nanny had funk and jive. Nanny had a killer homemade vegetable soup recipe.
The thought of her watching me make my own version just makes me smile.
My Mom also just so happens to make a killer vegetable soup. It must be genetic. I’ve never actually watched her do it from start to finish…I always get there in time to see the counter top covered from end to end in healthy lovely veggies…and then magically hours later there was a gigantic pot of soup. Not sure how they moved from the counter to the pot on their own like that… 😉
So now, miles away from home, I have to figure this out for myself. I went shopping at our local Farmer’s Market-Style Grocery Store in San Diego called Sprouts:
I picked up the following:
All Organic: Zucchini (6), butternut squash (1), cabbage (1), mushrooms (2 packs), carrots (1 bag), roma tomatoes (12), spinach (4 cups), rosemary, vegetable broth (3) and a garden tomato soup base (1).
I almost went for sweet potatoes, but thought the butternut squash would be great instead and would also add that Autumn feeling.
I rinsed and chopped the veggies.
I sliced the squash in half length-wise and placed in the oven at 400 degrees wrapped in foil – right on the rack…I figured it would be done by the time I was finished prepping everything else (I was right).
I pre-steamed the cabbage and spinach.
I lightly sauteed the mushrooms in a pan on the stove in spring water and added black pepper and oregano.
(I also saved the water from everything I steamed, so the spinach water went right into the soup pot, as did the water from the mushrooms and cabbage)
I poured the veggie broth and tomato soup into a giant pot.
I added a giant branch of rosemary.
Added ALL of the veggies.
I sliced and diced the baked squash.
I let everything heat together until it looked and smelled amazing……
and suddenly I had this: