Category Archives: Sunday Soups

Fresh Tomato Carrot Soup

It was a beautiful summer day, very pleasant in our Bay Area microclimate, and I had just received a huge basket of garden fresh tomatoes from my neighbor Jim, and here I was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa on TV with a recipe for fresh tomato soup,  I couldn’t believe it!  The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, it was the perfect time to make tomato soup with my newly delivered stash of garden tomatoes.
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Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

A delicious creamy vegetable soup with lots of vegetables, this soup will take care of more than just one serving of veggies for the day. With 1lb of broccoli, two cups of carrots, bell peppers and a potato for that creamy texture, this soup is filling as it is delicious. If you so desire add a bit of cream or milk or keep it vegan and dairy-free, either way this is a delicious veggie soup 😋. Continue reading Creamy Broccoli Vegetable Soup

Cauliflower Leek Soup with Chives and Sour Cream

Cauliflower Leek Soup with Chives and Sour Cream

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cauliflower cut into medium sized florets
  • 2-3 leek stalks white and light green parts finely cut
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbsp finely cut chives
  • 5 cups broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream  (soup can also be made without the sour cream)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

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Spinach and Ridge Gourd Soup

Kootu is a popular vegetable stew made in many parts of southern India. The basic recipe for kootu is vegetables cooked with lentils, spices and shredded coconut to form a thick stew which is typically eaten over white rice. In this recipe however I’ve chosen to make kootu into more of a soup by substituting the traditional shredded coconut and lentils that go in kootu with coconut milk to give kootu a more soupy consistency, perfect for a Sunday soup day.  Continue reading Spinach and Ridge Gourd Soup

Curried Zucchini Soup with Capsicum & Potato

The family loved loved this zucchini soup when I made it with flavorful spices, peppers and potatoes. Rani even requested a few times that I make this soup again. I told her I’ll make it as many times as she wants when we receive our giant zucchini from Karen Aunty’s veggie garden 😃. Continue reading Curried Zucchini Soup with Capsicum & Potato

Spring Cauliflower Soup with Fresh Picked Herbs

Spring Cauliflower Soup with Fresh Picked Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium cauliflower heads – florets chopped and set aside. About 10-12 cups
  • 6 garlic cloves finely cut
  • 1 large bell pepper cut into small pieces
  • 1 potato peeled and cut into small pieces
  • Fresh picked herbs such as thyme, basil, mint, rosemary, chives, and sage. About 4-6 tbsp finely chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk (optional)
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese or goat cheese (optional)
  • Sprinkle of paprika for garnish

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Potato Leek Bisque

The inspiration for this soup was Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten’s French Mussel Bisque. Her soup had plenty of steamed mussels, leeks, and carrots in a creamy herbed broth with saffron. The soup looked so delicious that I was racking my brains trying to figure out a way to make it without the mussels. The vegetable that came to mind is potatoes.  I followed Ina’s instructions with my own selection of vegetables and cut down on the amount of butter, half and half, and cream. When the kids had this soup my eldest Sri said it tasted like clam chowder.  She asked me if this was a vegetarian clam chowder?  I’ve always looked enviously at clam chowder but I’ve never tried it. Now I know what chowder tastes like 😀. Continue reading Potato Leek Bisque

White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions

This is a filling soup chock full of mixed vegetables and white beans also known as lima beans. The extra kick of flavor comes from caramelized onions. Frying the onions and then adding them after the soup is cooked gives the onions a chance to keep their caramelized flavor more pronounced. Continue reading White Bean Soup with Mixed Vegetables & Caramelized Onions