- 1 cup of Israeli couscous
- 4 cups of vegetable stock
- 1 chopped red pepper
- 1 chopped onion or 2 chopped shallots
- 1/2 cup of toasted pine nuts
- 5 sprigs of thyme, leaves only (fresh from my garden!)
- some olive oil
Friday, July 25, 2008
Based on a 101 cookbooks recipe I made the following soup. Heidi's recipe is perfect. I just added 2 ingredients only because I had them to use up and omitted one ingredient because my herbs haven't grown as much as I would like just yet. Her recipe is below with my 2 additions noted.
Hearty, warm, satisfying, healthy, rich...this soup has everything you need in one bowl!
Ingredients & Preparation (from http://www.101cookbooks.com/)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 medium onions, roughly chopped
- big pinch of salt (I used my Salish smoked salt and more than a pinch - about 1 tsp)
- 2 1/2 cups potatoes (2 medium) cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I used russets)
- 2 1/2 cups zucchini (2 medium), loosely chopped (I used 5 because they were smaller)
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 4 cups fresh spinach leaves, loosely packed
- 1 cup cilantro, loosely chopped (did not use this as not available in my herb garden yet!)
- juice of one lemon
- 1/2 cup of cream (my addition; if you choose this add at the end of cooking)
- 6 sprigs of thyme, leaves only (my addition)
In a large, thick-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil. When the oil is hot (but not smoking) add the garlic and onions and saute for a few minutes along with pinch of salt - just until they soften up a bit. Stir in the potatoes and zucchini. Add the stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are soft throughout, roughly 10-15 minutes.
Stir in the spinach, and wait for it to wilt, just ten seconds or so. Now stir in the cilantro. Puree with a hand blender until smooth. Whisk in a big squeeze of lemon juice. Now taste, and add more salt if needed. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil and serve.Many thanks to Heidi at 101cookbooks for a new soup to add to the rotation!
Here are a few pictures of my humble, cute, front porch, herb garden.