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Even More Warming Soups for Cool Weather

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Even More Warming Soups for Cool Weather

Over the past two weeks (here and here), we’ve explored different techniques for making delicious, creamy, hearty soups, without using any dairy products or animal ingredients of any sort. This week we’re featuring soups that are somewhat lighter in body, but still incredibly delicious.

Minestrone Soup
serves 5-6

2 cups cooked beans (pinto, kidney or other bean of your choice. See Cooking Guide for Beans)
1 large onion, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2 cups carrots, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced & halved
6 oz. tomato paste
1/2 Tbsp. parsley
3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
7-8 oz. pasta ribbons, spirals or shells
1/4 cup tamari or substitute
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbsp. dill weed
1/2 Tbsp. herb salt such as Herbamare
1/2 tsp. black pepper
fresh basil leaves, a handful

1. Prepare beans. Drain and set aside.
2. In a medium-sized soup pot, sauté the diced onion and celery. Add the carrots. When they partially soften, add the zucchini.
3. In a blender, blend two cups of water with the tomato paste, parsley, yeast, oregano, onion and garlic powder. Return to the pot. Simmer for a while.
4. Cook pasta separately, until tender. Do not overcook. Rinse and drain.
5. Take half a cup of cooked carrots from the pot and place in the blender with 1 1/2 cups of water. Blend until creamy. Continue adding to the blender 1 1/2 cups of water, along with tamari, sea salt, dill weed, herb seasoning and pepper until thoroughly blended. Pour back into the pot.
6. Add fresh basil leaves to the soup pot. Add one to two more cups of water to the pot. Stir and simmer. Just before serving, remove basil leaves and add the pasta ribbons.

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.

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5:09PM PDT on Mar 11, 2014

Some very delightful and flavourful soups here. The weather is to get colder and Winter has not gone away, so some hot soup is the order of the day.

4:17PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Great soup ideas! Some interesting twists! Soup CAN be healthy, nutritious and inexpensive...

3:46PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Love minestrone! Whata great recipe. Thanks

3:42PM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thanks. The creamy vege soup sounds especially good.

5:51AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:35AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Makes the canned soup I just had seem less enjoyable!

4:05AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Some of them are good, but some are full of allergens. :-(

2:35PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

5:01PM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Every one of these looks delicious! Thank you!

2:03PM PST on Feb 15, 2011

thanks.

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