Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Gypsy Soup

I figured it was about time to post another recipe and this is one of the best fall soups I've ever had.
I discovered it when my friend Claudia aka The Practical Vampire Slayer gave me some last fall. She got it from Jennifer Graf Groneberg, our friend and fellow writer who's book, Road Map to Holland, about her first two years with her son, Avery, who has Down Syndrome, will be out this spring. Let me tell you something about both of these women, they can write and cook!
Here's the recipe:
3 T olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
1 cup peeled and diced squash such as butternut, acorn or turkish hat
1 can diced tomatoes with juice
3/4 cup chopped sweet peppers (red, green or yellow) or substitute a handful of chopped kale or spinach (I used kale)
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
3 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock
1 tsp. paprika (I used curry)
1 tsp. tumeric
1 tsp. basil (I used tarragon)
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 T tamara soy sauce
In a large pot, saute the onions, garlic, potatoes and squash in the olive oil. Add all seasonings (except stock and tamari). Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes to bring out the flavor of the spices. You won't believe how good this smells! Add remaining ingredients, turn up the heat and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until vegetables are tender.
This serves 4 (although it looks like more to me!) and it's even better the next day. This soup is an incredible immune booster. The onion, garlic, cayenne and cinnamon are excellent at fighting off autumn colds. I can also imagine throwing in that turkey on Friday for a totally different leftover taste. And, I mean, you just gotta love that name - gypsy soup.


claud said...

And let me tell you something about Angela: SHE can write and cook, too!

Thanks for putting my name in lights, A!!


Kikipotamus said...

Wow, just looking at the ingredients has convinced me this is a must-try recipe. YUM!

bella said...

I love, love, love soup.
This recipe will be cooked and enjoyed next week at my house.

Anonymous said...

I needed a good soup recipe. This one sounds perfect. I love all the ingredients.


Billy said...

What a wonderful blog you have! The blog itself is eclectic, and I like the spiritual flavor, a little metaphysical mojo. I am a subscriber to Heisnberg's Uncertainty Principle, which is that reality depends on the point of the observer. Namaste.

Angela said...

You are all going to love this soup! I wowed my co-workers with it today.

Claude, you were born to have your name in lights. :)

Billy - thanks for stopping by. Yeah, I'm all for the metaphysical mojo - as long as it translates into positive life changes.

Hey sister. Love you.

Diva Carla said...

I love spicy exotic soup, and this one sounds like a winner. Pretty in the bowl too. I can hardly believe I am reading a recipe after the Thanksgiving feast I just had. Sweet potato pie directions over at my house!

Janet said...

I'll be trying this Saturday as I have a bunch of kale i need to use! Thanks!

Sheila Lauder said...

this recipe is from the Moosewood Cookbook. Credit where credit is due folks. It is great and easily expanded for a crowd.

Angela said...


I was unaware this recipe was from the Moosewood Cookbook, which is weird, because not four months ago I got rid of the damned thing because all the receipes were too complicated.

Sheila Lauder said...

That's the origin I believe, Angela. I had the cookbook years ago and felt the same as you do...however, as I got older and cooked more I didn't find them so daunting.

This is a super recipe - those gypsy's knew what they were doing :)