Wednesday, December 7, 2011

After Surf Soup

It's that time of year where you get out of the water and can't feel your hands and toes. And for those of you that don't surf, this may be the case for you 
 no matter where you go if you live somewhere cold (sorry. I really am jealous of your snowy weather, I swear).
 Therefore, try this tasty soup. It will warm you to the core! There are a lot of ingredients, but I promise it's not that hard to make. Just put on some holiday music and get out your best chopping knife. This recipe is really all about cutting veggies.

2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion (chopped)
3 carrots (peeled and chopped)
2 celery ribs (chopped)
1 yellow bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tsp. chopped savory
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary 
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried sage
4 cups vegetable broth
1 can chickpeas, drained
1 cup 100% vegetable juice (like V8)
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes 
1 tsp. red wine vinegar 
Salt and pepper to taste 

1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Zest of 1/2 a lemon

In a large pan add the olive oil and saute the onion, carrots, celery, and bell peppers until they loose their raw look. Add the savory, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil and sage and cook together for another minute.
Transfer to a 5-6 quart slow cooker (you could probably do this in a big pot with a lid 
too, but I've never tried so don't blame me if you try it and it sucks).
Add the broth, chickpeas, vegetable juice, tomatoes, vinegar, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 3-5 hours on high or 6-10 hours on low.

Add the parsley and lemon zest to the top and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese. 

Thought for Food
As you eat this delicious soup sit back and focus on something great you did today. Maybe you let someone have a wave you wanted. Maybe you let some have a parking spot you wanted. Whatever it was, good for you.

This recipe was adapted from Art of the Slow Cooker by Andrew Scholss  


  1. This looks delicious. Nice surf shot!

  2. i really don't know how you willingly get intot hat frezzing water! but this soup sure sounds good!

  3. @Dakota Thanks so much!

    @Nicole Thank you. I don't know, you just gotta keep your eyes on the prize: fun waves. :)

  4. My boyfriend and I live and avidly surf WA state...year round. This time of year that would be some yummy soup to bring and cook on the fire afterwards!

  5. @ Tarrah Washington!? how awesome! I admire you for surfing in that cold water year round. I bet it is beautiful up there. I've found soup to be very helpful in defrosting your core after a cold surf.

  6. We love it up here but the winter makes for very unpredictable surfability (is that a word? lol). Wish we had the beautiful surf you have year round! New Years surf trip is definitely going to involve your soup.

  7. @Tarrah hope that you have a great trip and the soup can help keep you warm! I'd love to see some pics of surfing in the pacific northwest. If you have any feel free to email them to me.


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