much love monday: platonic life partner soup

‘platonic life partner soup’: what a mouthful, right?  MOUTHFUL OF DELICIOUS, more like!

this tale needs a preface; i am a pretty good cook but not very inventive.  i rarely deviate from recipes, and when i do, it’s kind of…basic.  roasted veg, simple stir fries, steamed veg over pasta, etc.  when i was visiting rose, she got sick and on a whim (without a recipe!! eeek!) i made up a soup for her and it turned out to be really delicious.  i was feeling really gross yesterday and made a very similar version for myself; i added some lentils + corn to bulk it up a bit. last night’s soup was so good and now you can make it too. it comes together really quickly!  this recipe is highly customisable. you can add different veg, herbs, switch up the beans, etc.

start with these guys:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced (less if you don’t like garlic, more if you cook like me)
  • handful of mushrooms, diced
  • few ribs of celery, cut small
  • half a leek, chopped up small

let the onion & garlic saute and start cutting up the mushrooms, leek & celery.  when the onions are translucent, add the celery and mushrooms.  cook for a few minutes, then add herbs (all approximate amounts; i did not measure WHAT A REBEL)

  • ~1 tsp ea salt, pepper, fenugreek, sage, thyme
  • more than 1 tsp rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves

let this fry up for a minute while you cut the potatoes and open the canned goods, then add:

  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces.
  • 1 28-oz can of diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 can of lentils, drained
  • 1 mini-can of corn, drained
  • 3-4 c water/veg broth
  • 3-4 tsp veg stock powder (omit if you used veg broth)

bring to a boil, then simmer till the potatoes are soft.  you can eat it now, or keep cooking for more delicious.  when you’re ready to eat, fish out those bay leaves and serve! would be really  nice with some warm crusty bread or something like that. if you eat this soup when you are sick, it’s like drinking a +20 life potion.  FACT

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