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Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup

Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup

Creamy Winter Vegetable Soup’s beautiful golden-colored centerpiece is rice, making for a comfort food soup infused with the mild and mellow flavors of roots and squash, and the slightly citrusy flavor of marjoram.

Rice is used to thicken as well as to enrich this warming winter soup. Very soft rice works best, so if your cooked rice is quite firm, add it to the pot as the vegetables are simmering to cook it a little longer.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium-size onion, diced
1 carrot, chopped
cup minced celery
1 Yukon Gold or other potato, peeled and diced
1 cup diced butternut squash
1 garlic clove, minced
teaspoon dried marjoram
5 cups water
2 cups cooked white or brown rice
1 cup cooked white beans
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Minced fresh Italian parsley or chives, for garnish

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the potato, squash, garlic, marjoram, and water, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the cooked rice and remove from heat.

2. Puree the soup mixture, in batches, in a food processor until smooth and return to the saucepan. Reheat slowly over low heat, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper and serve sprinkled with the parsley or chives.

Serves 4.

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Adapted from One-Dish Vegetarian Meals, by Robin Robertson (The Harvard Common Press, 2007).

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8:07AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012


5:23PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

1:55PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Soups are great winter food.
Thank you

1:53PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

Thanks Annie.

11:13PM PST on Dec 21, 2009

I'm making soup tonight! I don't have these exact ingredients, but I do have carrots, leeks, cabbage, and potatoes. I'll use the same seasoning, though. Mmm.

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12:46PM PST on Jan 24, 2008

Yummy sounding recipe.

Judy, I would say that since the beans are already cooked, you could add them when you add the potato, squash, etc. You are basically just heating them through. Happy cooking!

12:20PM PST on Jan 24, 2008

When are the cooked white beans to be added?

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