I often make soup from scratch after making my Vegan Chili, because I have all of the vegetable cuttings to use to make the base…Vegan Broth.
Start with the Homemade Vegan Broth
Collect all of your vegetable cuttings from making various dishes, you can even freeze them, and save for later. Once your have collected, place them into a large pot (10 qt. works for me), and bring them to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for 1 hr covered. I add some garlic and salt to taste, (I use very little, but make up for it with spices later). Now you have homemade Vegan Broth…Use it in all your dishes. I use it to make my rice pop!
- Onion trimmings including skins
- Bell Peppers
- Sweet potato skins
- Garlic ends
- Broccoli stems
- Cauliflower stems
- Carrot Ends
- Celery Ends and leaves
- Parsley Stalks
- Whatever other veggies you gather..
- 2 cloves of garlic
Making the Soup…
Using a 10 qt pot I place the stock, filling the pot about 1/2 way. While the stock is warming, I saute 1 diced onions and 3 cups of diced carrots. While those are cooking I cut new potatoes in 1/2 and add them. Then I chop up 1/2 a head of celery and add that directly into the pot. I add the onions and carrots to the broth when translucent. I add 2 – 4 cloves of chopped garlic. Then I add 1 tablespoon pepper, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of thyme, 1 tablespoon of oregano, and 1 tablespoon of of dried basil or 6 leave of fresh basil. Once the soup comes to a boil let simmer for 1/2 hour or more, until the potatoes are softened. Done! NO WAY…
Making the Fried Long Hot Peppers
In a saute pan, place 10 cut up Italian Long Hot Peppers into about 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil. Saute of medium-low to make sure you don’t burn them. It will also reduce the side effect of cooking hot peppers, the fumes are toxic. You will cough your lungs out, if you do not cook slowly. Let me brown on one side and toss, cook for about 10 minutes.
The long hot are used for a garnish to make the dish Spicy! Leave them out yields a mild soup.
To make the soup special I use just about 1 cup of my homemade spicy vegan chili, and stir it in for flavor…Nice! You could also add a small can of roasted diced tomatoes. Either way, it adds depth of flavor you cannot ordinarily get.
Done! Yes, place in a bowl over crusty bread, Yummy!