Soup weather is upon us! The rain has finally started consistently falling in Santa Cruz and cooking is what helps keep our apartment warm. I had a lot of leftover veggies this week (some from Thanksgiving, some that had been overlooked during Thanksgiving) so I decided to make soup. Simple inexpensive ingredients too! Most of my veggies were from Trader Joe’s and all organic. I know I need to start writing down the prices more often but I believe organics at TJ’s are at least a dollar more, depending on what you buy. I want to say that the amount of vegetables to make the soup is around $10. I get canned beans in bulk from Costco.
One really important thing about this recipe! This is a recipe for veggie stock. I based my own recipe off of one from Bon Appétit. So this recipe can be used two ways! I like a lot of veggies in my soup, hence why I decided to use a stock recipe as a starting point instead of a basic vegetable soup recipe. Adding the black beans is optional if you decide to eat as is but any beans would be a great addition.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped celery into 1 inch pieces (5-7 stalks)
1 cup chopped carrots into 1 inch pieces (1 large carrot)
3 large broccoli stalks (no florets)
4-5 cloves of garlic sliced thin lengthwise
1 medium white onion peeled & cut into 1 inch pieces
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
12 cups water
2 cups black beans rinsed & drained (1 15 oz. can)
- Heat oil in a large stockpot.
- Add all dry ingredients into pot and cook until softened (about 5 minutes).
- Add the 12 cups of cold water.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until stock as reduced by half.
- If not straining to make vegetable stock, remove broccoli stalks and bay leaf.
- Add in rinse black beans and cook on low for another 5 minutes before serving.
Step 6 and 7 are optional! Again, this recipe is based on a stock recipe so there will be a lot of veggies floating around. Adding additional spices catered to your taste is another great idea to top off the soup. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and find this recipe enjoyable!