Harvest Vegetable Soup

Feel free to play with the ingredients in this soup! Use whatever is seasonally abundant.

Ingredients:

• large onion, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 cup sweet potato or winter squash, cubed
• 2 carrots, diced
• 1 stalk celery, diced
• ½ fennel bulb, chopped
• 5 cups water or vegetable broth
• 1 bay leaf
• ½ t dried Italian seasoning spices (oregano, rosemary, thyme, basil)
• 1 cup broccoli or cauliflower florets
• 1 cup green beans, 1-inch slices
• ½ cup cooked garbanzo beans
• 2 cups chopped kale or other leafy greens

Directions:

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil.

Add chopped sweet potato or squash, carrot, fennel and celery and saute for 3 minutes.

Cover with approximately 5 cups water or vegetable broth.

Add bay leaf and spices.

Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer. When vegetables are tender, add broccoli or cauliflower, green beans, garbanzo beans and leafy greens.

Cook a few more minutes until all vegetables are tender.

Add sea salt, pepper and lemon juice or flavored vinegar to taste.

If you want a more substantial soup, remove the bay leaf and roughly puree half the soup to give a thicker base.