Making soup from any vegetable is a simple and versatile process. Here's a basic outline to guide you:
4-5 cups of vegetables (your choice)
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups broth (vegetable or chicken)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: herbs, spices, and milk or cream
Prepare Vegetables: Wash and chop your chosen vegetables into bite-sized pieces.
Sauté Aromatics: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until translucent.
Add Vegetables: Add the chopped vegetables to the pot. Stir to mix with the onion and garlic.
Add Broth: Pour in the broth. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to let it simmer.
Cook: Let the soup simmer until the vegetables are tender. This usually takes 20-30 minutes, depending on the type of vegetables used.
Blend: Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the soup until smooth. If you prefer a chunkier texture, you can skip this step or partially blend the soup.
Season: Add salt, pepper, and any optional herbs or spices. If you like a creamier soup, stir in some milk or cream at this point.
Warm and Serve: Heat the soup on low until it's warmed through. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Flavor Profile: Different vegetables have unique flavor profiles. Root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes tend to be sweeter. Leafy greens like spinach or kale will give a more earthy taste.
Herbs and Spices: Feel free to add herbs like thyme, rosemary, or basil for additional flavor.
Creaminess: For a creamier texture, add a cup of milk, cream, or a dairy-free alternative after blending.
Protein: If you want to make your soup more substantial, consider adding protein like chicken, beans, or tofu.
Toppings: Garnish with a sprinkle of cheese, a dollop of sour cream, or some croutons for crunch.
Experiment and enjoy the endless possibilities of vegetable soup!