October 11, 2010
a new favorite soup (made with not-so-favorite vegetables)
Posted by Merritt Watts
This kohlrabi is not as bad as it looks - It actually tastes like a mild, sweet radish - but it's not exactly easy to snack on!
As the saying goes: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But what about when your CSA gives you bitter greens and kohlrabi? Well, break out the big pot, because it's time to make some soup! I find that, this time of year, brewing a warm, savory soup (with plenty of garlic and your favorite herbs, and topped with cheese, of course) is a great way to make less-than-great vegetables seem tasty.
Personally, I'm not a fan of bitter escarole or or the unapproachable-looking kohlrabi, but when they appeared in my weekly CSA I knew I'd had to use them up. Much to my surprise, I loved them both in this improvised soup:
1 First I sauteed a chopped onion, a chopped kohlrabi, six smashed garlic cloves and a few sprigs of rosemary in olive oil with salt and pepper. (Instead of the kohlrabi you could use whatever root vegetable you had on hand - turnips and carrots would both be great.)
2 When the onions were soft (5 or 10 minutes), I threw in a whole head of chopped escarole on top, and tossed it around until it was wilted, about 3 minutes. (Plenty of greens would work here, from kale to beet greens - I probably could have thrown in this kohlrabi greens, too!)
3 On top of that, I added 4 cups of vegetable broth, 2 cans of small white beans (drained), and a can of diced tomatoes (drained). Plus, the secret ingredient, which instantly improves any homemade soup: A parmesan rind. I let that all simmer for half an hour.
4 Then I spooned it into a bowl, topped it with some grated cheese and ate it with a big slice of crusty bread.
This soup has three things going for it: It dirtied only one pot, helped me finish up my vegetable haul in a healthy way, and made a ton - I have about two quarts waiting for me in the freezer for an easy dinner during the next cold spell!
What's your favorite way to use up vegetables?
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