With the cold weather covering almost 2/3 of the country, I thought a hot warm soup recipe was in order. I took the basic Forks Over Knives Recipe for Corn Chowder and I changed up a few things to make this warm creamy comfort food. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
1 small onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1 cup)
6 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
6 to 7 cups Vegetable Stock
6 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 3 cups)
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into ¼-inch dice (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh or dried parsley
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh or dried thyme
Salt, smoked paprika and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, place the onion, garlic, and 1½ cups of the Vegetable Stock. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Add the corn, potato, and 4½ cups of the remaining stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potato is soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Transfer 1/2 of the mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Return to the pot.
- Add the bell pepper, parsley, and thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes, until the flavors have blended and the pepper is tender.
- Add salt and pepper to taste. Dish up into soup bowls and sprinkle some smoked paprika onto the soup before serving to give it a slight smokey flavor. Serve hot.
Storage: Cool soup completely and transfer to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Thai Pumpkin Soup
Preparation Time: 10 minutes (active prep time)
4 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
2 1/2 cups no salt added or low sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
4 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/8 -1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 pitted prunes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1. Combine all ingredients except chopped cilantro in a large soup pot.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is soft.
3. In a blender, blend the soup in batches to a smooth or slightly chunky consistency.
4. Serve topped with cilantro leaves.