Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sparkling Minestrone Vegetable Soup

According to Jewish Law and Lore there are two fast days in the summer, and I love to break my fast on vegetable soup.

Usually, I make a split pea soup, but I didn't have any peas on hand. Instead I found a package of mixed beans, which, as you can see, included:
kidney beans
lima beans

I checked them for bugs and stones and then left them to soak in hot, boiling water. After it cooled, I poured out the water and added more. I've read that beans are digested better if you change the water. Whether it's true or not, I don't know.

Since the beans began to get soft, it was time for stage two of the cooking. I added more boiling water to the beans and began cooking them for real, not just soaking.

In a larger pot, I put sliced onions, carrots and squash and sauteed them in vegetable oil.

Once the vegetables were partially cooked, I poured in the beans, plus the bean liquid and cooked everything together.

Since I'm trying to cut the carbs, I added some tomato paste for extra flavor. That gave me a low carbohydrate Minestrone style vegetable soup. I added whatever seasonings smelled right to me, like salt, pepper, garlic, parsley. These are all standards I keep in my pantry.

It's funny how the soup sparkles. I guess the flash played on the oil. It really tasted good, and my husband even complimented me on it.

The best thing is that it is very easy to make.


Leora said...

You have posted on your break fast soups before, and I never tire of reading these posts! I also love soup. I made lentil soup last night in my crockpot, which I ate for lunch today.

KCC is almost ready for the public.

Batya said...

Thanks, can't wait to "taste" the KCC! I didn't think of using the crockpot. It's hidden the laundry room.

Lady-Light said...

Batya, this sounds really good (translation="easy!"). I only do 'easy,' especially since Hubby cooks (and hovers over me when I attempt to...)
This soup is something I could handle without looking over my shoulder!

Batya said...

LL, I'm the laziest cook there is, and easy is my only way! Notice, no specific measurements etc, simple, easy, flexible etc! Enjoy!!!