Wednesday, June 16, 2010
remember when i thought 7 zucchini were a lot to make use with? or 5 boxes of blackberries? well how about 29 tomatoes? after using some of them for stuffing peppers yesterday, i decided a soup was the most effective way of minimizing that frightening number. this recipe is adapted from a non vegan version by ina garten.
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium sized yellow onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
8 roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 cups veggie stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 1/2 tsps sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tsps black pepper
3/4 cup unsweetened soy milk.
heat olive oil on medium-high in a large pot. add onion and carrot and saute for 10 minutes. add garlic and saute an additional minute. add all of the other ingredients except the soy milk and stir well. bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer uncovered for 30-40 minutes.
add the soymilk and blend the soup using either an immersion blender, a regular blender, a food processor, or a food mill.
serve hot, garnished with julienned basil and/or croutons. for non-vegans you could add a sprinkle of parmesan and/or zucchini fries.
zucchini fries (adapted from a recipe by two peas and their pod):
1 large zucchini, cut in half and then into skinny sticks
2 large egg whites, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
(if you don't have the exact herb combo, just incorporate the herbs you have on hand)
preheat the oven at 425 F. spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
beat the egg whites in a wide shallow bowl. on a plate, mix the bread crumbs, parmesan, herbs, spices, salt and pepper.
dip the zucchini in the egg, then the bread crumbs, making sure that each stick is well coated. place in a single layer on the greased sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping the sticks half way.
serve warm. they're good alone, but better as croutons in the soup.