The origins of this soup are definitely Mexican, but like many national dishes regional variations abound. Some recipes include beans, cilantro, chicken and/or even mint. I took that lead and made some of my own changes - mostly to reduce the cooking time. I used fire-roasted canned tomatoes instead of roasting my own (it's a bit early for fresh tomatoes besides), and I dropped frying my own tortilla strips in favor of crushed tostadas (I know, genius, right?!).
The tomato and avocado pump up the nutrition making it "high in" Vitamins A and C, Potassium and Monounsaturated Fat. Also, I used dried poblano peppers (labeled pasilla or ancho) because they won't set you on fire. For a vegan soup, simply omit the cream. Hurry up and try this before it's too hot for soup!
Sachs Italian Wedding Soup
October 21, 2012
Michael's brother is visiting us in Cali and he just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with his beautiful Italian/Irish wife, Meaghan. He says they make this soup a lot, and I thought it was a perfect way to cheers their first year together. He is the guest chef hand in step #2. The veggie meatballs are a snap to put together and get tremendous flavor from the Parmesan cheese, herbs and spices. Serve with bread and/or salad for a satisfying weeknight meal.
Spanish Sweet Pea Soup
January 25, 2009
To continue my shameless promotion of my upcoming cooking class at the Davis Food Co-op on Saturday, February 7th, today's Sunday Serving is a Spanish Sweet Pea Soup. This is not one of the dishes I'm making at the cooking class, but a beautiful, creamy, sweet soup that is easy to make and shows off some of the wonderfully tangy Spanish cheeses. It's also quite high in protein and fiber. If you want to reduce the fat content, simple omit the cheese crisp.
Cold Honey Carrot Soup
July 12, 2009
Sorry for slacking over the long 4th weekend, but I'm back with another edition of Sunday Serving. This week Michael and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary and yesterday we splurged and went to Napa for the day. We popped in to the Oxbow Market and had a cheese plate, some great, cheap wine and watched the LA Angels kick the Yankees butt! After grabbing six cupcakes from Kara's (just couldn't decide on less!), we explored downtown Napa. It's really desolate down there, but the restaurants were great. We had a severely hoppy beer at Joe's, then stopped in Angele's for some wine and pomme frites, and last but not least, had pizza at the new Azzurro's. Nice thin crust style, but a little over cooked.Yes, back to this week's recipe: a Chilled Honey Carrot Soup. This soup does require some cooking, but if you get up early while it's still cool and make it, when it's a zillion degrees later on in the afternoon or early evening this will be a delicious, light and refreshing alternative to firing up the grill or turning on the stove or oven. Enjoy!
Caramelized Delicata Squash Soup
October 30, 2011
I received delicata squash from my CSA a few weeks ago and immediately envisioned serving soup in them. It would be a great first course for Thanksgiving. The maple syrup, apple and rosemary play so magnificently off one another. For a vegan soup, use soy-based butter or all olive oil.
Pretzel Cheese Soup
March 27, 2011
I've been in Chicago for the last week and Michael and I splurged on an amazingly fun restaurant called Moto in the West Loop (the bill for two was close to $400!). The head chef is this crazy guy who basically scientifically deconstructs (there was a tour at the end that involved a demo of centrifuges, for example) food flavors and reassembles them in fun and quirky ways. One of our ten courses was a clear pretzel broth studded with freeze-dried scallions and cubed 4-year old Wisconsin cheddar. Holding on to the flavors tight in my memory I sought to recreate the soup to have at home. Check my Twitter feed @Vegetarianized for pictures and descriptions of all the courses, including a cigar and ash tray dish made of mushroom puree stuffed into a braised collard green, and Cracker Jacks of apple gnocchi, popcorn powder and caramel puree - plus a weeks' worth of meals in Chicago with my Top 4 deep dish pie spots.
Pumpkin Barley Soup
January 17, 2010
Still have Halloween pumpkins on your front porch? I snatched up two 4-pounders and roasted them this weekend. I took half of one pumpkin to make this hearty, winter-warming soup that's loaded with fiber and low in fat. Then I pureed the other halves and froze them for future use in more soup, bread, cookies, casseroles, etc. I'll probably have enough pumpkin to last me until this Halloween. The soup comes together quickly and makes the house smell lovely with its fall and wintery spices. And I got to cook it in my new fancy pot I got for Christmas from Michael's brother, Patrick, and his girlfriend Meaghan - thanks guys! I chose to puree the soup, but if you cut all the vegetables in uniform pieces, you could certainly keep it chunky.
Basil Zucchini Soup
July 25, 2010
I'm overrun with zucchini. You don't watch the garden and poof! three and four pounders abound. This week I gave four of these big guys away and set out to cook up the rest. Besides a double order of zucchini brake, I made a funky Zucchini Matuffi I saw in my latest Wine Spectator and put my own twist on this Basil Zucchini Soup that I discovered in an old Gourmet magazine. It's surprisingly vegan despite a very creamy texture.
April 19, 2009
It's the one year anniversary of Vegetarianized! In celebration I made Scallion Soup - not exactly the dish you think about when you want to party, but still a nice, light spring soup. And the scallions are from my garden. I finally harvested all my scallions after nearly six months of growing over the winter. Some were as large as leeks!
French Onion Soup
January 29, 2012
I've been seeing this warming, winter soup in lots of food magazines and blogs lately and realized I've never made it at home. Knowing that the broth is the chief ingredient that would make the vegetarianizing of this soup, I bought a few and did a very unscientific taste test with Pacific, Trader Joe's and Imagine vegetable broths. Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised that they all tasted pretty weak, with the Trader Joe's fairing the worst (it tasted literally like water). I ended up using Pacific - had the most deep flavors. If you are concerned about sodium, opt for the low sodium broths (I used full test). The cheese also makes this - spend a bit and go for an aged gruyere - it's worth every extra penny.
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