We are on our second snow day this week. The girls are loving the time to play with puzzles, make cookies, and watch too much tv. I am enjoying this time to make yummy soups. Here is a favorite, Stone Soup from a party we had not too long ago. Stone Soup is a great story about sharing and working together. My girls love that we read the story each time before we make the soup and decide different ingredients each time.
We don't actually follow the book we have for items to add as our story includes milk and meat which I do not eat. So I just allow the girls to decide what looks yummy. A few months back I found an article about how to make your own soup recipe in Vegetarian Times. It has served us well.
First a link to Stone Soup for all of those who have not read it. Amazon has several copies of the book if you want a hard copy. If you click the link we get a few pennies from the order.
|Some ingredients and our stones.|
|Starting to saute, one stone showing in the middle.|
|Adding more vegetables.|
|Time for the broth.|
|Finished product. Best soup ever.|
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pot. Add chopped carrots, celery, onion. Usually 1 onion, 1 medium carrot, and 1 stalk of celery. Mushrooms also go in at this point, about 8 oz. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt to draw out moisture in vegetables. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and saute 5 more minutes or until beginning to brown.
Add 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 to 2 tablespoons dried herbs. We typically use and Italian Herb mix.
Toss in slow cooking vegetables like potatoes, squash, turnips. We added sweet potatoes to this pot. Add water or broth at this point, 6 to 8 cups. Simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
Now is time for delicate vegetables like corn, zucchini, green beans, edemame. Now is a good time to add cooked beans, grains or uncooked pasta. Simmer 5 to 10 more minutes.
Stir in 1 teaspoon citrus juice or vinegar, taste and adjust seasonings.
This is such a forgiving recipe and always comes out amazing. Good ahead, have a Stone Soup Party at your house and enjoy the results!