Garlic Soup with Spinach

This soup is so yummy and it’s vegan!

  • 6 c water
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of sage and thyme
  • Salt an pepper
  • 4 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 oz spinach
  • Croutons

Combine water, garlic, bay leaf, herbs and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, stir in mushrooms and spinach and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.

Serve with croutons.

Serves 4 – 6.

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Tomato Tortilla Soup

This is from Skinny Taste perfect for a chilly fall night!

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 c celery finely chopped
  • 1 c carrot finely chopped
  • 1 c onion finely chopped
  • 4 c veggie broth
  • 1 1/2 c milk or nut milk
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 c chopped basil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 package fresh tortellini
  • 1/3 c Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 c baby spinach

Use sauté function on electronic heat oil and cook onion, carrots and carrots until soft. Add broth, milk, tomatoes, basil and bay leaves.

Seal and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes. Use quick release and open pressure cooker. Discard bay leaf and purée soup with an immersion blender.

Turn on sauté and bring to boil, stir in pasta, cheese and salt and pepper. Add pasta and cook 5 – 7 minutes, add spinach and cook for 2 minutes.

Serves 8.

Butternut Squash Chili

It does not get easier than this Chili! It’s vegan too!

  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 c veggie broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 chipotle chilies, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 c cubed butternut squash
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 12 – 16 oz frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Toppings:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/ c chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Vegan Cashew Creme

Place all chili ingredients in a slow cooker, stir well and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.

Serves with toppings.

Serves 6 – 8.

Gnocchi Soup

This is from the latest Skinny Taste Book with a few modifications to make it vegan.

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 2/3 c celery, diced
  • 2/3 c carrot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb vegan or reg Italian sausage, broken up
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c dry white wine
  • 1/2 c nut or cow milk
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 c basil, chopped
  • Grated vegan or Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb dried gnocchi

In a multi cooker, start on sauté, add oil, onions, celery, carrots and garlic, cook until soft. Add sausage and brown, breaking up into small pieces. Add wine and cook to reduce. Stir in milk, gnocchi, nutmeg, tomatoes, bay leaf and 1/2 c water

Seal and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. If it is thin, reduce for 10 min. Remove bay leaf.

Serve with basil and cheese.

Serves 6 – 8.

Curried Coconut Soup

This soup is quick and super tasty – made with staples from the pantry!

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 yellow or white onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 28 oz can tomatoes
  • 1 can light coconut milk

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, add onions, reduce to low and cook covered until soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in the spices and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the tomatoes with juice and 4 c water. Bring to a boil and the lower to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Transfer to a blender or use an immersion blender and blend till smooth.

Return to pan, stir in coconut milk and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.

Serves 4.

Thai Coconut Soup

This soup is so good! I had cubed butternut squash on hand, you could also use tofu.

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 12 oz butternut squash, cubed
  • 8 oz shiitake, sliced thin
  • 3 stalks lemon grass, trimmed to bottom 4 inches
  • 2 inches of ginger, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 6 c veggie stock
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce or vegan substitute
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 12 oz spinach
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 c cilantro
  • 6 scallions, sliced thin

Heat oven to 450, spread squash on a baking sheet and spray with oil. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and soft.

In a food processor finely chop lemon grass, ginger and garlic.

In a large stock pan heat the oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, lemongrass, ginger and ginger, cook for 30 seconds. Add curry and cook another 30 seconds, stir in broth and fish sauce and cook for 20 min.

Stir in coconut milk, squash, spinach, and lime juice, simmer for 5 min. Serve topped with cilantro and onions.

Serves 8.

Asparagus Soup

It’s spring and the Hayward Farmers Market is brimming with load of gorgeous limited time produce, which means I buy things that aren’t on my list, and I end up with too many veggies at the end of the week. This week I turned all the spring extras into this heavenly soup. If you don’t have spring onions, use a like white onion, if you don’t have green garlic, use a couple cloves of garlic, just remove the green germ (it makes the garlic taste bitter). It’s cooking so have fun! If you want to be fancy steam the tips and serve them on top of the soup with a dallop of creme fraiche.

  • 3 – 4 spring onions, sliced thin
  • 3 – 4 bulbs green garlic, sliced thin
  • 2 – 3 thin leeks, sliced thin
  • 2 – 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, sliced thin
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 2 c water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Truffle oil

In a large pot, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat, add onions, garlic and leeks, sauté until soft, adding addition olive oil if needed. Stir in asparagus, stock, water and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 30 – 40 minutes, until asparagus is soft. Use an immersion blender to purée. Drizzle with a little truffle oil and voila!

Serves 4.