SPICY VEGETABLE SOUP

Thursday, August 28, 2008

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1-3 teaspoons hot paprika, or to taste
2 14-ounce cans vegetable broth
4 medium plum tomatoes, diced
1 medium yellow summer squash, diced
2 cups diced cooked potatoes (see Ingredient note)
1 1/2 cups green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
2 cups frozen spinach (5 ounces)
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or prepared pesto

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add onion, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes
  • Add paprika and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
  • Add broth, tomatoes, squash, potatoes and beans; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are just tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Stir in spinach and vinegar; continue cooking until heated through, 2 to 4 minutes more.
  • Ladle soup into bowls and top with fresh basil or a dollop of pesto.

Posted by aeirin at 2:34 AM
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