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tomato-veg-soup recipe

Date:    Fri, 17 Jun 94 15:26:46 CDT
 A friend of mine shared this recipe with me several years ago. it's amazing
 how easy it is.  If it's as hot at your house as it is here today (95 degrees)
 you'll probably want to wait to try it.
         Awesome Tomato Vegetable Soup
 2 Large cans Italian Style tomatoes  (you can use the regular kind, too)
 5-6 Stalks celery, chopped fine
 2-3 medium onions chopped fine (i use a lot...modify to suit your tastes)
 6-8 cups water (amount not too important...you can add more later)
 Boil the above on high for at least 10 minutes.  You can chop the
 tomatoes in the blender, or break them up with a spoon.  I like to
 squish them in my hands..  gets out frustration. (i usually put the
 seasoning in at this point. see below)
 Add pre-cooked beans (whatever you think will taste good) to the above
 mixture.  you can use canned, but I like the dried beans better.  I
 prefer a nine-bean soup variety that's locally available. Not sure if
 it's available everywhere.
 Add vegetables to the above according to your tastes.  Be sure to add
 them according to cooking time.  No set amounts.  Add them and stir.
 If it looks good, go with it.  If it looks like it needs more, toss
 some more in.
 I use:
 Potatoes, cubed (makes the base nice and thick)
 summer squash
 cabbage (go easy...add it late or it'll take over...i don't use it if
 i'm makin g it for just us cause there's always leftovers and the
 cabbage flavor gets stronger the longer it sits.)
 you'd think carrots would taste good, but their flavor took over and
 it was barely palatable.  could just be my taste, though.  same with
 broccoli and cauliflower.
 I season it with Oregano and Black pepper, and occasionally garlic,
 but go easy with this. could make it taste bitter.
 We used to sprinkle parmesan cheese on it and serve with crusty bread.
 now we don't use the parmesan, but i've been known to sprinkle
 nutritional yeast on the top.
 note: if the soup gets thicker than you want it, add water, but add it
 slowly.  it'll thin out, and so will the flavor.  If you do add water
 toward the end, be sure to let it stew for a while longer.
 kwvegan vegan