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Hi, friends. I have a short and simple post for you today. This soup is one of those meals that really doesn’t need an actual recipe (but I’ll type one up for you anyway). You see, Mark and I are going out of town this weekend, and I realized we still had a lot of produce left to eat. So, I thought I’d make a quick, brothy vegetable soup to resolve the issue. Honestly, I was totally craving soup anyway. 🙂
It’s actually kind of mind-blowing how many vegetables you can pack into soup, you know? Had we tried to eat all of this raw…..never would’ve happened! On top of preventing food waste, Pre-vacation Soup requires just one pot, one cutting board, and 30 minutes to prepare. Not to mention how absurdly healthy it is.
This is what went into today’s soup, in the order of addition:
pinch of salt
vegetable broth and water
mellow white miso, added to individual serving bowls
It’s so easy and satisfying. I kept things really basic today, because I wanted to enjoy the subtle sweetness of the onion and carrot and the unique flavor of miso. But you can add spices, sauces, different beans, tofu, grains…..the possibilities are endless. I feel like I say that a lot, but seriously, the possibilities really are endless! Garnish with fresh herbs, hot sauce, a sprinkling of vegan parmesan, or just enjoy the simple, comforting soup as is. It’s also really nice with a thick slice of toasted bread.
So, the next time you have some greens wilting in the fridge, random veggies asking for attention, or you’re going out of town and just need to use up your fresh produce, I hope you’ll whip up a healthy batch of soup! Tag your creations with @myquietkitchen or #myquietkitchen on instagram. I always love to see them!
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- pinch sea salt
- 1 colorful pepper, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 large handfuls spinach
- 1 large handful cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
- 4 cups vegetable broth (I used 1 Tbsp Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base dissolved in 4 cups warm water)
- 4 cups water
- 1 Tbsp tamari (or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
- 3 to 4 cups cooked beans, such as chickpea, pinto, kidney, black, cannellini
- 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp mellow white miso - 1 tsp added to each serving bowl, NOT to the soup pot
- Heat a stock pot over medium heat. Cook the onion 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it begins to soften. Add the mushrooms and salt and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the pepper and garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, stirring. Add the spinach, tomatoes, and carrots. Cook until spinach begins to wilt but vegetables still retain their bright colors.
- Add the water, broth, tamari, and beans. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, and cook 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
- Ladle some broth into a serving bowl. Add the miso and stir to dissolve. Ladle more soup and vegetables into the serving bowl. Garnish as desired and enjoy!