Heavenly Vegetable Soup

Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 1 hour

Serves:6-8

I can still remember enjoying a bowl of this delicious vegetable soup at one of the restaurants on the slopes of Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe many years ago. I actually sought out the chef to hopefully get the recipe, but all I got was an ingredient list of sorts. I came home and put my version of the soup together and we have been enjoying it ever since.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 quarts vegetable broth
  • 15 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 8 ounce can frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch mixed in 1/2 cup cold water
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Place the water, onions, celery, carrots and green beans in a large soup pot. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except the cornstarch mixture, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Stir in the cornstarch mixture until soup thickens slightly and serve.

Hints: This soup does not freeze well because of the cornstarch. To eliminate the cornstarch, substitute about 1/2 cup of small uncooked pasta and add during the last 15 minutes of cooking time.