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Amy and Wes Gillingham
669 Cattail Road
Livingston Manor, NY 12758

Hearty Beet Soup

This recipe comes from A Taste of Heaven and Earth by Bettina Vitell. Simply delicious.

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 6 medium beets (about 1½ pounds), peeled and sliced into bite-size pieces
  • ½ pound new red potatoes, cubed
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

This is a hearty and rich soup to serve in the late fall or winter. It makes a wonderful lunch served with a spinach salad and fresh hot bread. Garnish it with a swirl of sour cream or yogurt.

Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the garlic and onions and cook over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently. When the onions look translucent, add the basil, carrots, and beets. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes to sear the ingredients. If the vegetables stick to the pot, add a tiny bit of water. Stir in the potatoes, cook for a minute or two, then add the water. Partially cover with a lid and simmer for an hour or more, until the vegetables are soft.

Remove from the stove and blend half of the ingredients in a food processor. Return to the soup pot. Flavor with tamari and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream and chopped parsley.