Cold weather always puts me in the mood for soup. This week I made a big batch of soup and ate it with some toasted whole wheat bread smothered in Earth Balance. Yum. There’s nothing like a big bowl of soup and warm bread to help comfort you during cold times… and hard times. I love eating soup because you can’t eat it quickly, it forces you to sit down and enjoy a meal. This is an easy dish that can be made quickly and it reheats well. This is also a recipe in which the ingredients can be swapped:
or…cannelloni beans, butter (baby lima) beans, kidney beans
or… spinach, Swiss chard
This is my second oil-free soup recipe, the first being my oil-free lentil soup. I’m really getting into this whole oil-free thing. I feel better, my digestion has improved, and I’m saving money by not having to constantly stock my pantry with cooking oil. Oil-free is truly the way to go, don’t be surprised if my recipes continue on this path. I think this is it, kinda like the vegan thing. It just has to be done. I still use extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, but I’m working to completely, or mostly eliminate refined oils from my diet.
- Water, as needed
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, minced
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried sage
- pinch of chili pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp no chicken base *see note
- 5 cups water
- 3 yukon gold potatoes, cubed
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 ½ cups cooked garbanzo beans (equivalent to 1-15 oz can)
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup nutritional yeast
- Heat a large pot (at least 6 qts) over high heat. Add a small amount of water, then add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft, adding just enough water to prevent the vegetables from sticking.
- Add the rosemary, basil, oregano, sage, and chili pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute, then add the no chicken base, water, potatoes, bell pepper, beans, and salt.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the nutritional yeast.