Quinoa Vegetable Soup
•Prep Time: 15 mins
•Cook Time: 45 mins
•Total Time: 1 hour
•Yield: 4 to 6 servings
This healthy homemade vegetable soup recipe is full of veggies, kale and quinoa.
•3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
•1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
•3 carrots, peeled and chopped
•2 celery stalks, chopped
•1 to 2 cups chopped seasonal vegetables, like zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper, sweet potatoes or butternut squash
•6 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
•½ teaspoon dried thyme
•1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes, drained
•Scant 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh colander (use less for a lighter, more broth-y soup)
•4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
•2 cups water
•1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
•2 bay leaves
•Pinch red pepper flakes
•Freshly ground black pepper
•1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
•1 cup or more chopped fresh kale or collard greens, tough ribs removed
•1 teaspoon lemon juice
•Optional garnish: freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Warm the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion, carrot, celery, seasonal vegetables and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often, until the onion has softened and is turning translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes.
2. Add the garlic and thyme. Cook until fragrant while stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Pour in the drained diced tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes, stirring often.
3. Pour in the quinoa, broth and the water. Add 1 teaspoon salt, 2 bay leaves and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season generously with freshly ground black pepper. Raise heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
4. Cook for 25 minutes, then remove the lid and add the beans and the chopped greens. Continue simmering for 5 minutes or more, until the greens have softened to your liking.
5. Remove the pot from heat, then remove the bay leaves. Stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Taste and season with more salt and pepper until the flavors really sing. (You might need up to ½ teaspoon more salt, depending on your vegetable broth and your personal preferences.) Divide into bowls and top with grated Parmesan if you’d like.