There are some recipes I ate as a kid that just don’t hold up as well anymore. Whether it’s that my tastebuds have changed, my learned knowledge for seasoning makes them seem bland, or that pasta isn’t always synonymous with perfection anymore, I could name a few of these meals.
This soup isn’t one of them. Since I was little, it’s been an annual autumn meal and remains a favorite to this day. Something about its combination of spices, herbs and seasonal veggies make it to be what I consider one of the best soup recipes out there. And I say this amidst prime-time season for creamy butternut squash, lentil, and the million of other options coming into abundance right now.
This “Gypsy Soup” from Moosewood simply kills it.
Moosewood is a vegetarian restaurant up in Ithaca New York that’s been firing food since the 1970s. They’ve cultivated quite an abundance of cookbooks under their name, including the hand-written original where this recipe comes from.
You may wish to consider doubling the recipe. It’s an easy one to eat all week, or for freezing and pulling out on nights where you just need something warm.
Serve alongside fresh-out-of-the-oven cornbread, or a warm, crusty bread. You could also pour it over a nutty grain, like millet.
- -3-4 Tbsp. olive oil
- -2 cups chopped onion
- -2 cloves crushed garlic
- -2 cups chopped, peeled sweet potatoes or winter squash (I like to do a cup of each)
- -1/2 cup chopped celery
- -1 cup chopped, fresh tomatoes (or substitute 1 can of tomatoes)
- -3/4 cup chopped sweet bell pepper
- -1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
- -3 cups stock or water
- -2 tsp. paprika
- -1 tsp. turmeric
- -1 tsp. basil
- -1 tsp. salt
- -Dash of cinnamon
- -Dash of cayenne
- -1 bay leaf
- -1 Tbs. tamari
- In a large saucepan saute onions, garlic, celery, and sweet potatoes in olive oil for about five minutes. Add seasonings except tamari, and the stock or water. Simmer, covered, fifteen minutes. Add remaining vegetables and chickpeas. Simmer another 10 minutes or so until all the vegetables are as tender as you like them.
- Check salt. Add tamari if it could use a little more. Serve alongside cornbread or a crusty harvest bread.