This time of year with all the fresh vegetables, this is one of my go to dishes. My husband and I love this soup/stew. Its one that is easy to customize to your taste since its basically whatever vegetables you have on hand. Instead of using canned diced tomatoes, I peeled and chopped some of my husband’s fresh off-the-vine tomatoes sitting on my counter top. Best of all, its delicious whether you serve it hot or cold. Add some croutons for crunch (made with gluten-free bread of course!). In the winter, this soup is a great vehicle for cooked chicken. Feel free to play with it and make it your own by adding the vegetables your family likes the best. But keep the carrots since they add that sweetness that takes care of the acidity in the tomatoes (the parsnips help with that as well). Makes 8-12 servings.
Peel as needed and dice into like size pieces:
- 1 medium onion (I used a red onion)
- 6-8 stocks of celery
- 1 medium purple top turnip (or a regular one if you like them but the purple top have a milder flavor)
- 1 medium yellow squash
- 1 medium zucchini squash
- 2 small parsnips
- 2 baby bok choy (you could use regular chopped cabbage instead of the bok choy and then add some kale or spinach for the greens of the bok choy)
- 1/2 pound mushrooms (I like to mix them up so I used half baby bella and half porcini)
- 1 cup chopped or grated carrots
- 1 cup green peas
- 1 cup green beans
Add 4 cups (1 quart) of vegetable stock to a large stock pot (if you want, you could add 4 cups of chicken stock). Be sure to use stock and not broth for that “cooked all day” flavor. Add the onion, celery, turnip, squashes, bok choy and mushrooms and cook covered over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (I find the Muir Glen organic canned tomatoes taste less metallic than regular canned tomatoes)
- 1 12 ounce can of your favorite beans (I love the cannellini beans or great northern)
Cook over low heat for another 10-15 minutes until tomatoes and beans are heated through.