This soup is the perfect compliment to the gray, cold weather we've been having in the south. This is the time of year where I start to get the winter blues and good soup is usually a pretty great cure. It's also a lovely way to get in your vegetables. You can also puree this soup for those who don't like to look at the vegetables they're about to eat cough-Sam-cough.

Winter Root Vegetable Soup
based on the winter soup recipe in The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook (thanks Mom!)

  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 t ginger (I grate mine with a microplane)
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 medium turnip
  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 2 t tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Chop the onion, mince the garlic and ginger and add to 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter in a large pot. Stir frequently and let cook until the onions are translucent (about 10 minutes) then add the carrots and turnips (both diced as chunky as you like them) and cook until they are "firm tender" another 7 minutes or so. Then coat with tomato paste and add the cabbage (cut in to strips about 1" thick) and chicken stock. Salt to taste and let come to a boil. Then let simmer for 20 minutes. Add more salt and pepper to taste and finish off with fresh squeezed lemon juice if you like! Enjoy. - Lesley


    1. yeah. this is looking scrumptious and power-packed. tell me, does it taste too gingery? my husband isn't a fan but i'm like, "IT'S SOOO GOOD FOR YOU!" he doesn't care! what gives?!

    2. we are big ginger fans, but you could easily cut that back or add more garlic etc. that's what i love about soups.. hard to mess up! let me know if you try it.

    3. I love it when you post recipes. Especially ones that are vegetarian (or in this case, easily vegetarian-adaptable). Lately I've been eating soup like there's no tomorrow. My current favorite is butternut squash, although that soup I made with the can of pumpkin (per your suggestion) was delicious as well . . . and the cabbage was my favorite part. YUM!

      1. yay! i love cabbage too. so glad that you liked it. xo

    4. So good for you and easily made vegan... and I think I just found my newest cookbook to add to my ever expanding collection


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