Perfect for this cooler autumn weather…
Last weekend was my monthly refrigerator cleaning project and I thought I’d toss everything I could into a pot and create some sort of soup.
The good news is I have a scrumptious pot of healthy soup to last a few days; the bad news is that now empty refrigerator and a need to hit the grocery store.
Here’s what I found to work with:
-Fresh chard and garden herbs
I first cubed and marinated the tofu in a little olive oil and Italian herbs with spicy dried red peppers.
I didn’t have any Better Than Bouillon (vegan) which is too bad as it’s amazing, and I didn’t have homemade stock, so I pan roasted the veggies in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil for a long time to develop fond on the bottom of the pan.
FYI: Fond are the brown particles found at the bottom of pans after browning vegetables. It adds flavor and moisture to a dish.
When I saw all those yummy little brown bits, I added a bit of water to make it easy to scrape up, then I added the marinated tofu, along with one large can of San Marzano tomatoes and one can of water.
FYI: I like to use the best Italian tomatoes because I think it really makes a flavor difference, especially when they’re the star of the show.
I added one scant teaspoon sugar and sea salt/pepper to taste along with these garden herbs:
Thyme, bay leaves, sage, oregano, and a lot of basil, saving some to sprinkle on just before serving.
Such vibrant colors! Simmered for about 45 minutes, pulled out the stems of the herbs as the leaves had fallen away as it cooked.
Before serving, I used my immersion blender to make the texture velvety and creamy.
Options: Add cooked beans, lentils, pasta. croutons
Serve with fresh basil and vegan parmesan shreds.