Summer Vegetable Soup

August 23, 2012

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Soup is one thing I miss during summer. I love the simplicity of coming home from work, throwing vegetables in a pot of water, and sipping wine in a comfy chair while the broth bubbles. It’s probably the easiest way to eat vegetarian. It may be the easiest way to eat.

My summertime meals are often a cold, hodgepodge of ingredients that never seem to come together quite like a good soup. I’m starting to believe you can throw just about anything into a pot and it will turn out beautifully. This recipe is a riff on a peasant stew, made with “summery” vegetables. I like that it has the comfort of a winter stew, but the flavors are bright enough that it doesn’t feel heavy.

This recipe was also a perfect excuse to make use of these gorgeous pear tomatoes.

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And these adorable tiny potatoes. They are pebble size so they fit perfectly on a soup spoon.

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Ingredients:
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped fennel
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup chopped potatoes
1 sliced zucchini
1 pint yellow pear tomatoes
1 quart vegetable stock
1 small bunch watercress (optional)
1 bunch parsley
croutons (to make the croutons, simply chop bread into squares, coat with olive oil and salt and bake at 350 degrees until toasted)
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoons Herbes de Province
1 teaspoon salt and pepper

Directions: In a soup pot, heat the carrots, potatoes and tomatoes. Cook on high heat for about four minutes. Next, add the beans, fennel, and the vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add the herbs, salt and pepper.

This would be a good time to make the croutons!

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When the carrots start to soften, add the zucchini. When the zucchini becomes tender, add the peas and water cress. Simmer for another five minutes.

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Serve with croutons and a generous sprinkling of parsley.

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I love the colors in this soup.

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