Zuk and Basil Soup

This soup is so easy to make and the basil really makes it special. I love it chilled but you can also eat hot.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 lb of zuks, rinsed, cut into small pieces
  • 1 qt chicken stock
  • 1/2 c firmly packed Basil

Combine oil, onions and salt in a stock pot and cook over medium low heat until translucent, 5 – 8 min. Add zuks and stock and simmer for 15 min until tender.

Remove from heat and purée until smooth in a blender or with a stick blender. Add basil purée till smooth and serve or chill.

Serves 8.

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Coconut and Red Lentil Soup

This is so good! It is from Crazy Sexy Kitchen!

  • 1 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c red lentils
  • 4 c vegetable stock
  • 1 can lite coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced

Toast cumin and coriander I’m a dry pot. Place in a spice grinder and pulse till fine. Add oil to the pot and heat over medium, add the onions and spices and cook until the onions are spot.

Add the lentils, stock, coconut milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 – 50 minutes until thick. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon zest, juice and cilantro.

Serve with avocado on top.

Serves 8.

Cauliflower Soup

Simple and delish is how I describe this soup. I added a little truffle oil and green onions just cos I had them on hand.

  • 2 small heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 qt veggie broth
  • 3 c water
  • Salt and pepper

Toppings

  • Truffle oil
  • Scallions, sliced
  • Parmesan cheese or vegan parm

Place all ingredients except toppings in a slow cooker. Cook for 6 hours. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Serve with toppings.

Serves 4 – 6.

Tuscan Bean and Fennel Soup

This soup is so easy and tasty!

  • 1 fennel bulb, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 15oz cans white beans
  • 1 bunch kale, steam removed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 can 28 oz tomatoes, topped
  • 1 15 oz diced tomaotes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 qt veggie broth
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan rind (if vegetarian)

In a large pot, heat oil and add fennel, cook over medium heat for 5 min. Add garlic, cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, broth, beans, bay leaf, parm rind and spices. Cook for 20 – 40 minutes on low heat. Add kale and cook for 5 minutes until tender.

Remove bay leaf and serve.

Serves 6.

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.

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.

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.