This week was a bit cooler down South, so I broke out my soup recipes and make two soups. I love the process of making soup and you can't just help but feel cozy while chopping, mixing and simmering away.
Yesterday I tried a really easy, really healthy Winter Soup Recipe that I found here. It couldn't have been easier or just what the doctor ordered. At a time of year when I especially miss New England, making soup made me feel like it was a crisp Fall day in Connecticut. Here's what you'll need for the soup:
Winter Veggie Soup
-About 6 cups of broth (you may want more if you like a thinner soup. I like a very thick soup!
-One white or yellow onion
-3 cloves of garlic
-1/2 bag of baby carrots (or you can use whole. I just had a bag of baby carrots on hand)
-3 stalks of celery
-1 sweet potato
-1 head of broccoli
-red lentils (I used half a pound. You can add more)
-salt and pepper
Start by chopping up your onion and garlic and saute it in a tablespoon or two of olive oil. This was an impromptu post, so excuse the quick IPhone pics!
Then chop all your veggies. I didn't even bother chopping the baby carrots and the other veggies were very roughly chopped. You'll end up blending it all in the end, so it doesn't matter all that much. You just don't want the potatoes too big as it will take longer to soften.
Then throw in the lentils. Let it all cook for a few minutes.
Next, pour in the broth. I started with 4 cups and added about two more. You may want to watch it and add more as you see fit! This is also a good time to season. Don't wait until the end to season your soup.
Bring the mixture to a boil, then let it simmer for about 25 minutes. I like to taste it a few times along the way to check for seasoning.
I totally forgot to take a picture of the next step, but after letting it simmer, place the mixture in a blender (or use an immersion blender) and blend it up! I like a chunky soup, so I didn't blend it until completely smooth.
And here's the finished product! Look at all those chunks of delicious veggies! I make a couple slices of toast (with butter of course) and eat it with the soup. It is super healthy (minus the butter) and filling too. Enjoy!