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Winter Vegetable Soup

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Gluten-Free Winter Vegetable Soup

Makes 7-8 cups.

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • ½ lb. fresh parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • ½ lb. squash (frozen squash is fine)
  • ½ lb. carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sweet potato (weighing roughly 1 lb.), peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sprig of rosemary (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 5 cups gluten-free chicken or vegetable stock
  • 12 oz. can of coconut milk, half-and-half or light cream

Directions:

1. You can do step one in one of two ways: 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss all the vegetables in olive oil with maple syrup, salt and pepper. Place in a cast-iron skillet or roasting pan and roast for about a half hour, until the vegetables start caramelizing. 

OR

In a large, soup-sized pot, heat the olive oil, add vegetables, salt and pepper and start frying until they are starting to brown nicely. Once they start becoming tender, add the maple syrup to make them brown faster.  Don’t add maple syrup earlier, as it will stick and burn. Wait until the vegetables start releasing some juices.

2. Add stock, dried thyme, bay leaves and sprig of rosemary. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to simmer and cook, covered, for about half an hour or until vegetables are falling apart tender.

3. Remove the bay leaves and rosemary sprig. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or by transferring the mixture to a stand blender.

4. Stir in can of coconut milk. (I use the blender again to mix in the milk.)

5.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Thin the soup with more stock if it is too thick for you.

Tips & Alternatives:

Add some chickpeas or other beans to the pureed soup (perfect for a Meatless Monday!).  You can also serve with bits of ham or turkey. 

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