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Vegetable soup

Written by Veronica Lavenia

Vegetable soup is one of my best dishes.

Creamy vegetable soups are one of the comfort foods par excellence. This simple dish is made with broccoli, spinach (from my garden) and potatoes. An excellent extra virgin olive oil is one of the keys to a tasty recipe.

Vegetable soup: Ingredients

Serves 4

4 potatoes

250 g (9 oz) spinach

1 broccoli

4 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, grated

150 ml (5 fl oz) water

2 carrots

5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of sea salt

White pepper, to taste

Vegetable soup: Method

  1. Peel and rinse the potatoes, cut into cubes and cook in salt water for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Clean the spinach, boil in boiling salted water for a few minutes. Drain and cool in cold water.
  3. Cook the broccoli for 5 minutes in boiling water.
  4. Wash, peel the carrots and cut.
  5. Blend the potatoes with the spinach and carrots, adding, little by little, water (if necessary add more water). Add the Parmigiano cheese, oil, salt, pepper and blend until a creamy consistency is obtained.
  6. Pour the cream into a plate, season with the other two tablespoons of olive oil and serve.

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica, PhD, is an Italian based food writer. Born and raised in Italy, surrounded by the thriving culture and spirit of Sicily, Veronica was a University academic before becoming a food writer. In the context of academic research, she has published essays on the Spanish-American narrative in national and international Academic Journals. As freelance journalist, she wrote about book reviews and tennis. Food was the subject she thought about most so, inspired by family recipes, and valuable Italian culinary heritage, she moved into writing her experiences and studies on the subject.
Sustainability, seasonality and selection of raw materials (as much as possible local, organic and unrefined) are the basis of Veronica’s natural food philosophy.
Cookery author, "Gluten Free Heaven" magazine contributor, some of her works have appeared in "Vegetarian Living", "Veggie Magazine", "Lifestyle FOOD", "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide" and "Chickpea", among others.