Last night I made us a really nourishing veggie packed soup, which was a perfect Meat Free Monday dish. It was extremely easy to make, and it made enough for both of us to have for lunch today. I think soups are one of those things that taste even better the next day, it’s like the flavours have infused into the soup even more overnight!I love the brussels sprouts in this soup. I don’t know why they have such a bad name! My favourite way to have them is roasted with diced bacon, and now I have to say my second favourite way is in a soup. They taste like mini cabbages, and I love cabbage! All I did to prep them for soup is slice off the stem, peel away any old outer leaves and halve them.The other veggies I used were just diced roughly., nothing fancy or complicated about it. I actually did it all while watching old episodes of Would I Lie to You on youtube (yes, I am a massive fan of it and end up in fits of giggles in every episode).I sautéed the onion and garlic in a large pot and added some smokey paprika to give it a bit of a kick. After adding in the veggies, I poured in the stock and organic beans I bought yesterday, and some organic diced tomatoes. I always make sure I drain and rinse tinned beans before using though, to remove any excess salt/sugar that used to preserve it. You can always use dried beans, but it require pre-soaking overnight and longer cooking time. And to be honest. I had forgotten to soak beans so this was the easiest option for me!I simmered it for half an hour, and served it atop some cooked jasmine rice we had sitting in the fridge. But you can always have it on brown rice, or add some pasta spirals or broken up spaghetti and add it in at the 20 minute mark and turn the heat up to medium for the remaining 10 minutes.
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- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon smokey paprika
- 500g pumpkin, diced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 capsicum, diced
- 20 brussels sprouts, halved
- 1x 400g tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
- 1x 400g tin diced tomatoes
- 1L vegetable stock
- Sea salt and pepper to season
- Heat oil in a large casserole dish or pot.
- Sauté onion and garlic for 1-2 minutes.
- Add paprika and saute for 1 minute.
- Add all the veggies and stir well until they are all coated in paprika.
- Pour in tomatoes and stock and add a good pinch of sea salt and pepper and stir.
- Bring the soup to the boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook mostly for 30mins.
- Serve atop some cooked rice, with some crusty bread or add pasta spirals or broken up spaghetti in the last 10mins of cooking and turn the heat up to medium to cook the pasta!