Vegetable Soup

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I love soup because it can contain nearly nothing and be so completely fulfilling. This hearty soup is filled with tons of healthy ingredients and is the perfect guilt free meal for a cozy January night. Since this soup contained virtually nothing to feel guilty for, (i.e. heavy cream, butter…..), I decided to add a hunk of fresh mozzarella on top and a few slices of avocado for some delicious creaminess! So simple and yummy, enjoy!

You will need:

3-4 large carrots, peeled and cut

1 large onion diced

1 zucchini sliced and diced

2 russet potatoes diced

2 celery sticks sliced

4 garlic cloves crushed

1 cup of garbanzo beans

1 cup of kale

1/2 cup roughly chopped basil

3 TBS olive oil

2/3 cup white wine

6 oz can of tomato paste

1 quart of veggie stock

few dashes of hot sauce

4-5 pinches of salt

few grinds of fresh pepper

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

Fresh mozzarella

Avocado to garnish (optional)

ImagePeel and slice 3-4 carrots. ImageChop up 1 onion. ImageSlice one zucchini.ImageWash and cube 2 russet potatoes.ImageSlice 2 sticks of celery. ImageAllow 3 tablespoons of olive oil to get hot in a large pan. ImageAdd all of the vegetables you chopped and sauté until onions begin to sweat. ImageAdd 1 cup of garbanzo beans.ImageAdd 1/2 cup of basil. ImageAdd 2/3 cups of white wine. ImageAdd an entire quart of vegetable stalk. ImageAdd one 6oz can of tomato paste. Once you have added the tomato paste allow to cook for about 10 minutes. ImageAdd 4 cloves of garlic. ImageAdd 1 cup of kale. I save this for the end because the less you cook kale the more nutrients it keeps. You can add it in the beginning with the rest of the veggies I just wanna keep more of the nutrients in! Totally optional. ImageAdd a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce for a little kick! ImageAdd 4 to 5 pinches of salt. Really add as many as the soup needs for taste. ImageAdd a few grinds of pepper.ImageAdd 1/2 teaspoon of red chili flakes. Allow soup to simmer for about an hour. This soup does thicken once refrigerated, you can easily add a little water if you would like a thinner consistency. If you are serving immediately add a hunk of fresh mozzarella allow it to melt a little and top with a few slices of avocado. Absolutely delicious! Image

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