Thursday, March 25, 2010

African Vegetable Soup~

~Snow squalls~

Yesterday afternoon it started to snow... quite hard for a while. Thankfully it melted as soon as it hit the ground.
But it was very damp, windy and cold out , so it felt like a soup kind of day.

~African Vegetable Soup~

This makes a lovely and hearty autumn soup, but is equally comforting on a snowy, spring day.
Don't you love what turmeric does to a dish?
{and the added health benefits}
What do you make for comfort when the weather suddenly turns cold again?

~African Vegetable Soup~
1 Large onion~ chopped
1 Cup chopped celery
2 Medium sweet potatoes, diced
Saute' in the bottom of your soup pot in a little olive oil until just tender-crisp.
Add 4 cups of water
{I have substituted my own vegetable stock for the four cups of water-and it's delicious}
1- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
To this add:
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Turmeric
1 tsp. Cumin
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
1/8 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
1 Bay leaf
Bring to a boil- reduce heat, cover and simmer about 5-7 minutes.
2 Small zucchini~ cut into thin half slices
1 Can Garbanzo beans- rinsed
Cook just long enough to soften the zucchini {about 4 minutes}.
Cook Orzo pasta separately and put a couple of spoonfuls into the bottom of soup bowls, then ladle soup into the bowls.
* You can add the pasta to the soup while cooking~ but I don't as the soup becomes starchy and cloudy.



  1. This sounds wonderful Debra. I like that the first few are sauteed. It makes such a difference to the flavour. I actually think my family with like this one...thanks!

  2. Hot or Sold Soup always makes me feel cozy.
    Wonderful recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Debra,
    I'm back in the blog world..and looking forward to catching up with
    everyone.'s still snowing!!
    I'll take that as a good sign, as we're heading up to Stowe the first week in April for yet another ski race...

    I'll certainly try the recipe you posted...I'm a big fan of soups..sounds


  4. What a lovely post Debra, very cozy. That is some snow squall, Miss Debra! We had threatened snow showers but nothing came of it overnight. Yesterday was gorgeous but with a "bite" in the breeze.

    I am going to print your recipe at work, it looks delicious and has many of my favorite ingredients. Also low cal. I also agree with you about the pasta. Most times I will cook the pasta separately and add it to the serving. As it sits overnight the pasta sops up the broth and changes the soup entirely, thus it becomes Stew-p.

    For cold days around here I have a nice recipe for Brown rice and lentil soup. Have made it for years, it is an old recipe from Gourmet. Also make a minestrone.

  5. Isn't this the nuttiest winter ever? Yesterday was spot on gorgeous... warm and breezy... just like Spring. However, Monday night we had, and needed, a roaring fire in the fireplace.

    The soup looks wonderful!

  6. Snow are you kidding me! I'm sorry...but the soup looks and sounds terrific! You need to have a sit down with Mother Nature and spell out Spring for her.

  7. The snow sounds like a total bummer...the soup, quite the opposite!

  8. I love making homemade soup. I will be trying your recipe this weekend...thanks for sharing!

  9. Deb I could have used a cup of this heavenly soup after my little walk today. It was so cold and windy. I already copied your recipe into my favorite soup file. Thank you my friend and for being the best "soup lady". xo

  10. Debra,
    You know I love soup, so I look forward to trying this one out soon!
    Hope your feeling cozy ~

  11. I have awarded you on my blog, XXX, C.


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