Mmm. I love soup. I never follow a soup recipe to the letter, I always tweak it depending on what I have on hand.
I love using Better Than Bouillon vegetable bouillon paste, I find it gives the soup the best flavour.
This recipe is easy to customize depending on what veggies you want to use and which grain. You can easily leave out the potatoes, or maybe choose zucchini instead of celery.
I like it best with kale as the “leafy green” ingredient, but usually choose between spinach, swiss chard and kale depending which is least expensive.
So far, Cub hasn’t really touched this soup. He doesn’t tend to eat soup for me in general! However, Papa Wolf always tells me this soup is delicious. (Translation: Not prison food.)
- Diced onion
- 3 ribs of celery, diced
- 3 carrots, diced
- 2-3 potatoes, cubed
- Large handful of chopped kale, spinach or swiss chard
- 1-2 cups of wild rice, orzo, alphabet pasta, barley or other small grain
- 12 cups of water
- 6 tsp of Better than Bouillon
- 1/2 cup of tomato paste or tomato sauce
- 1 tin of white beans
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt, pepper, oregano, basil, thyme (optional, to taste)
- Saute onion, carrot, celery and potatoes til carrots have softened.
- Pour water, bouillon and tomato sauce on top.
- Drain beans and add.
- Add bay leaves and seasonings if desired.
- If using barley, add it directly to the pot. If using rice or pasta, cook separately and add when serving.
- Bring to a boil and let simmer for about an hour, or until potatoes are cooked.
- Stir in leafy green of your choice and it will wilt almost immediately.
- I found this ratio of Better Than Bouillon vegetable bouillon gives the soup the perfect flavour. You will need to adjust depending on what kind of bouillon paste or cubes you use.
- I like a lot of carbs in my soup, so I prepare lots of rice or pasta to serve with the soup.