Italian Vegetable Soup

By January 6, 2013 May 7th, 2015 Child-Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soup

Winter requries soup to keep me warm and satisfied. I usually make one every Sunday. Many of my clients have been wanting something brothy. I thought I would go Italian this week so I used some canned organic tomaotes. If it were the summer I would use fresh tomatoes but the ones available now are almost tasteless.  The organic canned tomatoes are pretty good.  This vegetable soup provides an ideal combination for restoring acid–alkaline balance to the body’s organs and glands. It is full of alkalizing vegetables.  If you want it to be a little heartier add in some white cannellini beans.

Italian Vegetable Soup

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo (without the beans)

4-6 servings

2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup diced carrots, peeled if not organic
1 cup diced organic celery
1 cup diced zucchini
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
14 oz organic canned plum tomatoes, diced including liquid
4 cups water
2 cups coarsely chopped spinach
½ cup chopped parsley

  • Heat oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. A heavy bottomed pan disperses the heat evenly making it easier to cook the vegetables slowly without browning.
  • Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes or until just lightly browned.
  • Add, carrots and celery. Sauté for 5 minutes without browning.
  • Add zucchini, thyme sprigs or dried thyme, dried oregano, bay leaf salt, pepper, and garlic. Sauté 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, sauté 2 minutes.
  • Add water. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the 3 thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Blend 1 cup of the soup and vegetables and return it to the pot.
  • Add spinach cover and cook an additional 3 minutes until spinach is wilted.
  • Add parsley.
  • Adjust spices to suit.

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