We've carved our pumpkins, had our seasonal craving of pumpkin spice latte and delved into some Halloween activities. Now it's time to cozy up by the couch, turn on the fireplace and make some soup! Below is a delicious and nutritious recipe. Since Thanksgiving is upon us, this would be the perfect dinner leading up the holiday. ENJOY!
- 1 zucchini
- 1 squash
- 2 long carrots
- 1/4 cup of diced celery
- 3 cups of vegetable stock
- 4 cups of water
- black pepper
- "Everyday Seasoning" from Trader Joes
- garlic powder blend
- red chili powder (optional)
- salt (optional)
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (or preferred oil)
- pasta (your choice but I used bowtie pasta)
- 1/2 cup of lentils (optional)
- Rinse and soak lentils in water for about 20 minutes.
- Chop zucchini, squash, carrots, and celery. Once done chopping separate the celery from the other vegetables. Season zucchini, squash, and carrots with black pepper, "everyday seasoning," thyme, parsley, garlic powder, and rosemary and mix all together.
- In a large pot, turn the burner on "high." Add vegetable oil. Let the oil warm up in the pot for about 2 minutes. Turn the stove down to medium-high and add diced celery, red chili powder, black pepper, thyme, parsley, garlic powder blend, and rosemary. Mix all components together. Let it cook for about 2 minutes then add 1/4 cup of vegetable stock. Let it cook for about 2 - 4 minutes.
- Add zucchini, squash, and carrots in the pot and mix together. Let cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the first cup of vegetable stock to the pot and stir. Let it come to a boil and repeat until you use all the cups of vegetable stock and water.
*NOTE* It is important that you let it come to boil after each time you add the vegetable stock and water.
- Once you added the last cup of water, drain the lentils and add it to the pot.
- Cover the pot and turn the stove down to medium-low.
- After 20 minutes, add pasta to the pot. Mix all together and cover the pot with the lid once again.
- After 10 minutes, uncover and add a desirable amount of salt. (I used about 1/2 teaspoon)
TURN OFF THE STOVE AND ENJOY YOUR SOUP!