I followed a link found on Pinterest to find this recipe, and I used it as the base for tonight's dinner. I made a few tweaks to the recipe to come up with something that I know I will be making again. :)
Here's the recipe for the soup I ate tonight, including the 'tweaks' I made:
2 Tbsp. vegan butter (Or you could use olive oil)
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 stalk of celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. bottled minced garlic
pinch dried thyme
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 cans of diced tomatoes plus liquid
3 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup Silk's PureCoconut milk
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pasta* (I made homemade, recipe below.)
1.) In a Dutch Oven, melt butter over med-high heat. Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic and thyme. Saute until the onion and celery are soft.
2.) Add basil, both cans of tomatoes, vegetable broth and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 1/2 hour or until carrots are soft. Add coconut milk (this helped to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, it gave it a little sweetness. I recommend Silk coconut milk over the canned variety- it has less fat and isn't quite so 'coconutty').
3.) Now, add your pasta and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until pasta is done. I made homemade pasta, in which case I boiled in a separate pot so it didn't thicken the soup up too much. *Now that I have tasted this, I know next time, I will use tortellini or gnocchi. This soup needs a heavy pasta.
1 cup whole wheat flour (I used ww white flour)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup water
1.)Add all to a food processor or mixer. I used my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook, and it worked perfectly. Mix until a smooth dough ball forms. Add a tsp of water at a time if the dough appears to be too dry.
2.)On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a 1/4" thickness. Cut into pieces/strips. Shake more flour on top, and let rest on a baking rack for about an hour.
3.) Boil for 6 minutes in salted water, and then add to your soup.
This was a great soup. I can tell its a very versatile soup, too, whereas you can add just about whatever type of pasta/grain you have on hand, and any other types of veggies. I think next time, I may add some corn. Tonight, however, I just enjoyed it with a little Daiya Mozz on top (vegan mozzarella).
Thank Goodness for left-overs!!