Winter Vegetable and Greens Sage Soup
I was tempted to name this hearty winter vegetable soup "Bottom of the Fridge Soup", based on its conception: Boyfriend was fighting a cold a couple of weeks back, and he was craving something warm and soupy for his aching throat. I just started throwing stuff from the "bottom of the fridge" into a pot, and voila - it was really tasty! So we've tweaked it a couple of times, but it's vegetabley, soupy, sagey and gosh darn it - downright delicious! Perfectly suitable for enjoying by a warm, toasty fire this winter! Enjoy!
- Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and salt, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until onions are soft, about 3 - 6 minutes.
- Add garlic and another tablespoon of olive oil and cook until fragrant.
- Add carrots, sage, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer with the lid on for about 10 minutes, until carrots begin to soften.
- Add barley or rice and potatoes, replace lid, and bring to a boil. Add water or more broth if necessary to cover all the ingredients.
- Add greens, mixing in to cover with broth, adding more water or broth if necessary.
- Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 - 15 more minutes to cook down the greens. Add more sage or other spices, depending on your tastes. Salt and pepper to taste.