Getting Back to Our Roots

December 8, 2011 1 comment
Root Vegetables

Root Vegetables

Root Vegetable Recipes

Most of our favorite summer vegetables are now out of season. We miss them, especially my favorite – the tomato. But we must think “winter” now and that means root vegetables…potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, parsnips, fennel, leeks.

These vegetables can be combined to make a wonderful winter soup, either vegetarian, using vegetable broth, or a heartier version with chicken stock and the later addition of sliced kielbasa. Make it your way and serve with a crusty baguette or a multi-grain bread.

Root Vegetable Soup

If you are missing some of these vegetables, just substitute with more of the others. This is not a recipe that requires precision. As Gary always says, “recipes are mere suggestions”. Enjoy!

All root vegetables should be diced into 1/2 inch cubes.

5 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium, yellow onions, peeled
3 small Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
3 carrots, scraped and trimmed
1 turnip, trimmed
2 parsnips, trimmed
1 fennel bulb, trimmed
2 leeks, trimmed, white part only
3 teaspoons salt
1 32 ounce box organic chicken broth or vegetable broth
5 garlic cloves, skins removed, crushed

1 pound smoked sausage or kielbasa, sliced (optional)

After all root vegetables are diced, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in large stock pot on medium heat.
Sauté onion in oil until softened for a few minutes.
Add potatoes and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
Add remaining olive oil.
Add remaining vegetables except garlic and sauté for a few minutes until all are softened and coated with oil.
Add crushed garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add salt and broth.
Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, until favors are blended and vegetables are tender.
Add sliced kielbasa if desired.

Serve with crusty bread.


One Response to “Getting Back to Our Roots”

  1. Kristina says:

    This recipe is delicious and perfect for the winter since everything is in season. We had it with smoked sausage for a bit more substance and it was excellent!

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