Comforting Vegetable Soup

How to make a Comforting Vegetable Soup.

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 3 celery stalks, peeled and diced
  • 3 zucchini, peeled
  • 4 potatoes, peeled
  • 3 carrots, peeled
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 parsnip, peeled
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pearled barley, rinsed
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Finely chopped parsley or chives, to serve

Method:

  1. In a large soup pot heat the canola oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and leeks and the seasoning: paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, for 5 to 8 minutes.
  4. Whilst the onions and leeks are sweating in the pot, using a food processor, grate all the other vegetables: zucchini, potatoes, sweet potato, carrots and parsnip, using the course grating plate.
  5. Add the diced celery and the all the grated vegetables.
  6. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are a bit tender and start to brown. 
  7. You may need to add a touch of water if your pot looks too dry.
  8. Add the pearled barley and the oatmeal and stir.
  9. Add the broth and bring the pot to a simmer.
  10. Cook until the barley is soft, for about 20 minutes.
  11. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  12. Finish with chopped herbs and serve!
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