March 5, 2009

Veggies You Love Chowder

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Today I received my first shipment for my CSA box from Farm Fresh To You and I spent the afternoon researching recipes that would use a good part of the veggies.  If you are interested in signing up for this CSA program, I can refer you at a discount on the first trial.

After looking through all my Mollie Katzen books (Moosewood) I found one that seemed easy and versatile, Vegetable Chowder.  After making this, I realized the veggie portions are more of a guideline, I would use whatever you have on hand.

What's in it
2C chopped onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
salt, thyme & basil (whatever else you like as well, I used Caraway Seed)
1 medium potato, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 medium carrots, diced
2C chopped broccoli
1/2 lb mushrooms, chopped
frozen or fresh corn
Diced tomatoes, canned and drained
fresh black pepper
1 1/2C water
1 Qt milk, heated.

How it's made
Melt butter in large pot or dutch oven.  Add onion, half of garlic and basil, thyme, salt.  Satue about 5 minutes until onions clarify.  Add potatoes, celery, carrots, broccoli and saute another 5 minutes or so. Add mushrooms, corn and tomatoes, plus lots of pepper.  Saute another 10 minutes.  Add water, cover and simmer about 15 minutes until everything is tender.  Stir in the milk and remaining garlic.  Remove from heat.  Served topped with fresh herbs.

Obviously you can add or subtract depending on your ingredients.  I added half a bag of frozed artichoke hearts I had on hand, because I love them!  Other good additions are cauliflower, zucchini, etc.  Sorry there are not precise measurements for some of the smaller portions, I don't believe in measuring those amounts.  It will depend on how much veggies you have.

This turned out to be an incredibly delicious soup, very creamy and flavorful.  I also picked up a par baked french bread from TJ's and baked it fresh out of the oven, and it was perfect with the soup.  Yum!

1 comment:

  1. Oh and by the way, using a food processor to chop the ingredients makes prep super easy and quick. I like the varied size of the veggies from processing them, so some cook down and some chunks remain.


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