The cooling weather outside made me want something warm and cozy for dinner. What better than soup? Naturally, the first thing I looked for was stuff lying around from my garden that could go into it. The more I looked, the more I found, and pretty soon, over half of what made up the soup came from my backyard soil:
* Green Beans
The rest of the ingredients include: several stalks of celery (the core that no one wants to eat is really good for this purpose), a cube of vegetable bullion, a couple cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, basil, a can of pinto beans, a handful of pasta, and a jar of marinara/tomato sauce. (The box of pasta is a sample that I got from vegfest, it was the perfect amount :))
Start by sauteing the onion in some olive oil in a soup pot until transparent. Add the garlic, celery and carrots (chopped) and saute for a couple minutes. Dissolve the bullion cube in 4 cups of boiling water. Add the water to the pot with the potatoes. Bring to a light boil and add the rest of the ingredients. Let it get back to a simmer and add the salt and pepper to taste, and the herbs.
I've found that the thing with soup is to let it simmer (covered) for a long time. The longer the flavors are able to mesh together in the pot, the tastier the soup will be. I think this pot was able to cook together for 4 hours. Serve with some delicious crusty bread and enjoy! We enjoyed it in front of our first fire of the season in the wood stove. Cozy and delicious!
|I didn't have time to bake the bread myself, but if I had, that would have been the ultimate.|