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Category: Soups

Odds and Ends Vegetable Soup

Odds and Ends Vegetable Soup
Los Angeles Times

The beef broth left over from a stew I'd served to company was taking up too much space in my refrigerator. Rather than overcrowd the freezer with it, I decided to make soup. This inspiration struck at dinner time, too ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 6 to 8
Note: Accompany this with hot rolls or slices of green chile cheese-bread from a Mexican bakery. Look for the dried corn under the Melissa's label at stores such as Bristol Farms and Gelson's. You can also substitute drained canned corn.
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • Few slices seeded serrano chile, optional
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cups beef stock, even a little more
  • 1 baking potato, peeled and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot, cut in half lengthwise, then sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 large plum tomato, cubed
  • 1 (3-ounce) package roasted dried sweet corn
  • Few lovage leaves, torn into pieces, or 1/2 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely torn Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Dash herbes de Provence
  • 6 black peppercorns
  • Salt
  • 1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 to 6 mushrooms, halved through the stem, then cut in thick slicesise, then sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 to 6 mushrooms, halved through the stem, then cut in thick slices

Step 1Cook the onion, garlic and chile in the oil in a skillet over medium heat until the onion is tender, 5 minutes.

Step 2Add the beef stock, potato and carrot and bring to a boil. Add the tomato, corn, lovage, parsley, bay leaf, herbes de Provence, the peppercorns and salt to taste. Simmer the soup, uncovered, until the potato starts to become tender, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 3Add the zucchini and mushrooms and continue cooking until they're just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve the soup in heated bowls.

Each of 8 servings:
73 calories; 761 mg sodium; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 grams fat; 12 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 1.78 grams fiber.
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