Rustic Rice & Vegetable Soup
This past weekend it rained for 3 days straight. It was a great time to stay inside, watch movies, and eat soup! With all the craziness in my life I had come down with a bit of a sore throat and the only thing that sounded good was homemade rice & vegetable soup. Easy to make, healthy and delicious – perfect for a rainy night in 🙂
- local seasonal vegetables chopped roughly – I used carrots, celery, onion, zucchini, yellow summer squash, cabbage, tomatoes, 1 large sweet potato, garlic and fresh peas.
- rice – I used 1/2 cup white rice and 1/2 cup brown rice
- sea salt
This is pretty much the easiest recipe of all time. There is no specific quantity of vegetables that you need. Just use what you have on hand and it will come together very nicely. I usually always try to use a soffritto or as the French call it mirepoix – a combination of carrot, celery, & onion as a base. The soffritto will ensure great flavor!
Chop your veggies roughly. Then in a large pot over med-high heat, add chopped veggies, a generous amount of sea salt to taste, and enough water to cover your vegetables. For a thinner soup add more water, for a thicker stew type consistency add less. Cover and let simmer for 30mins or until veggies are somewhat soft. Next add rice, stir, cover and let simmer until fully cooked, usually another 30mins or so. You can add more water at this point if needed. Taste and add more salt if necessary. That’s it! Once the rice is cooked, it’s ready to eat!
I served mine with a couple slices of toasted Ezekiel Bread (you can find Ezekiel Bread in the freezer section of your local grocery or health food store). I made a huge batch of this soup so I froze half and kept the other half to have as left overs during the week. I always try to have some frozen homemade meals on hand for those times when life is just too busy or hectic to cook!
This soup, although simple, is really hearty and filling! People always think that healthy food doesn’t fill you up but recipes like these prove otherwise! I hope you enjoy! If you decide to make the recipe, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
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