Thursday, April 9, 2009

Autumn Vegetarian Soup Recipes

When the weather starts to get cold out, you start craving a warm, satisfying meal, and a bowl of homemade soup is a great choice. While you could open up a can of soup and heat it up in a pot or in the microwave, you can make better tasting soup easily on your own with these ideas for vegetarian soup recipes.

There are a wide range of vegetables that are amazing in an autumn soup. To make a delicious cream-based soup start by sautéing some chopped onions in a little bit of butter or olive oil in a pot or Dutch oven. Once those are cooked, add your choice of diced autumn vegetable. Among the best vegetables to use are baking pumpkins, parsnips, squash—butternut is a great option—pr carrots. Then, add your choice of spices along and cover the entire thing with some low-sodium vegetable broth, which you can find at your local supermarket. After the vegetables are soft, blend the soup until smooth, either using a hand-held immersion blender or by pouring it into patches into a regular blender. (Just keep in mind that the soup is hot, so you have to be careful.) Once it’s all blended together and back in the pot, whisk in some cream, half-and-half, or milk. If you don’t want to add milk, you don’t have to, just keep in mind that the soup will be thinner than it should be. If you let it cook down a little bit more, though, or add a bit of cornstarch or flour dissolved in a little bit of water, it will thicken up a bit more. Serve with some crusty bread, and you’ll have a bowl of soup so good that you’ll want to make it again and again.

If you prefer non-cream-based soups, then make your own broth-based vegetable soup. The easiest way to make your own vegetable soup is from a store-bought, low-sodium vegetable broth. Just like a cream-based soup, it’s a great idea to start your broth-based vegetarian soup with some chopped onion sautéed in a little bit of butter or olive oil. Then, add some minced garlic for a couple of minutes or until fragrant. This will give you a flavorful base for your vegetable soup. Then, add a variety of diced vegetables and herbs to the pot. Some great choices are carrots, potatoes, shallots, celery, peas, and a variety of beans. Even better, you can add some pasta or rice to the soup to make it much more hearty and wholesome.

Whatever types of vegetarian soup recipes you finally decide to try out, don’t be afraid to experiment with whatever kinds of vegetables you find fresh in your store. The best-tasting vegetables to make into a vegetarian soup are those that are in season. Visit local farmers’ markets to see what’s fresh. To make an even more complete meal, pair your bowl of soup with some warm bread and a small side salad.

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