Yep, you read that right beet soup. Doesn’t it sound delicious?
Don’t knock it until you try it! This was actually a test recipe. As you know I love to cook meatless meals and of course I wanted to try something meatless and healthy. Since Fall season is approaching I decided to go the soup route. I knew I wanted to work with beets because they are highly nutritious as well as produce a beautiful color when cooking with them.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Beets ( I cooked with 2 large beets)
- cooking oil (for vegan use coconut oil)
- *optional: one can of evaporated milk or one cup heavy cream (for vegan version use coconut milk)
- 2 cups chicken broth (for vegan use vegetable broth)
- one small onion
- one celery stalk
- 1/4 teaspoon of grated ginger
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1/4 teaspoon of all spice
- salt & pepper
First I steamed my beets in a pot of boiling water until tender where I could stick a fork in them. About 20-25 minutes.
While I steamed my beets I decided to start cooking my vegetables. In a saucepan on medium heat I took about a tablespoon of cooking oil and took my minced garlic and grated ginger and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Then I added my onion and celery and let cook. I let my onions caramelize. Then I add my broth along with the all spice and bring heat to almost a boil (if you have any herbs such a thyme sprigs feel free to add). Remove from heat and add to your food processor or blender.
When my beets were done I removed them from the pot and began to remove the skin. I then chopped them into pieces and added them to my blender.
Blend all ingredients together and add back to the pot. You can then add the evaporated milk/coconut milk or heavy cream (optional) to add a bit of richness & cream to your soup. I used a whole can of coconut milk because I cooked with 2 large beets but add as much as you need. I then added salt & pepper.
Some people eat it warm and some prefer to eat it chilled. Either way it’s a healthy delicious meal. I wanted to add a kick so I decided to make a herbed puff pastry bowls to eat my soup out of.
A great meal for all my vegan and vegetarian readers and also for people looking for a clean eats recipe. Enjoy!