The other day it was cold, and the fridge was full of green veggies just begging to be eaten. I decided to make some Green Soup. I am a lazy cook, and this is fast one-pot wonder. I forgot to add in little pasta stars to make the soup more fun for the kids, but they loved it anyway.
What follows is not a recipe, just a quick easy way to turn veggies into a delicious soup in 30 minutes. You can use any leafy greens,
This is best with 3 or more different vegetables, to provide a richer flavour. I used:
- 1 bunch of kale, or chard
- 2 large leeks (just the white stalks, chopped into rounds)
- 1 russet potato peeled and cubed
- 1 sweet potato, cubed, peel on
- 1/2 head of garlic, cloves peeled
- 1/2 cup leftover asparagus
- 1 veggie bouillon cube
- 2 tsp Better than bouillon chicken
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- Wash the kale and leeks well. Take the large bony stem out of the middle of the kale and rip the leaves into pieces. Chop potatoes and cover with the wet kale.
- Put your olive oil in the bottom of a large stockpot and bring to medium heat. Throw in your garlic, then add your chopped leeks. Stir once a minute, and keep on the heat for about 5 minutes.
- Throw your leafy greens and potatoes into the pot. Add in your dry (veggie) boullion cube now too.
- Add enough water so that vegetables are floating a bit. For a stockpot filled with vegetables, add about 3 cups of water. If it's 2/3 full, try adding 2 cups of water. You don't want to throw any water away, as there will be lots of nutrients in this water once the veggies have boiled in it.
- Bring pot to a boil and let simmer (a gentle boil) for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Remove from heat and let cool slightly - especially if you will mix in a blender
- use a hand mixer or a blender to puree the soup completely. You'll now add in the wet bouillon, any fresh herbs and just enough milk to bring a creaminess to the soup. This is now the time to add in any previously-cooked veggies to the soup.
- Place pot back on the stove and bring to a boil and then immediately shut off. Serve hot.
- If your soup is quite wet, and so you cannot add milk you could either boil the soup for another 15 minutes with the lid off to get rid of some of the water; then add your milk. Or, serve with a dollop of sour cream, which when stirred in will make the soup very creamy.