Sunday, December 14, 2008

Cooking My Way to Skinny - Root Vegetable Bisque

Sometimes it's the simplest things that make the best meals. I call this my Vegetable Root Bisque. It's so easy, it doesn't even need a recipe - I'm serious.

The good thing about this is that roasting the vegetables first allow a depth of flavor to develop that tastes great.

I used carrots, parsnips, onion, garlic, potatoes, and red bell pepper. I roasted them in a super hot oven after I coated them with salt, pepper, and olive oil. In a separate pot I steeped canned chicken stock with fresh thyme and rosemary. 

Remember what they say - you've always got time for thyme! (I know, bad joke - right?)

I used my blender to mix everybody together to be as smooth or as chunky and I wanted to. I added a bit of salt and pepper to the mix for a re-season session and that's it. Soup's done in less than 20 minutes.

Oh - here's a neat trick to. I wanted just a few croutons made out of whole wheat bread - but I didn't want to buy an entire loaf. Soooo, I used whole wheat kaiser rolls - I used one and froze the rest. How's that for economical? I toasted those up in the hot oven and put just a few over my soup.

See - now really, do you need a recipe for this? I think not!!!

-DTW








63 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, wonderful! I love root veggies!

Cheers,

Rosa

doggybloggy said...

This sounds so perfect on so many levels.....mmmmmmmm

BorednTalkative said...

Looks good. Perfect for these cold winter nights.

TavoLini said...

This looks fantastic! I adore roasted root veggies--they're about my favorite winter time dish!

I dig the croutons as well :)

ttfn300 said...

fabulous soup! i like the idea for the croutons, too :)

Mequet said...

I'm currently slogging through my own weight loss trials and tribulations and this looks like something I can totally make AND eat AND not feel guilty about. Yum!!! I just started following your blog and all of your food looks amazing! For completely selfish reasons, I'm glad you're posting some really healthy options lately:)

Debbie said...

Oh does that ever look good. I will try that!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Awesome soup. I love making soups like this. You can really have fun improvising with roasting veggies and pureeing them.

BGF said...

Nice looking soup, Darius. I'm sure the roasted veggies added even more flavor. Simple, too!

Christina said...

Awesome soup. Combined the best of roasted vegetables, but in soup form. I especially like that it doesn't have any cream. (Not that a tablespoon or two would kill anyone, but I like just the vegetables). Time for thyme, lol!

OhioMom said...

My type of meal ... yum!

Janine said...

This looks great. I'm gonna have to try it since I just discovered my pickiest eating child will eat veggies that are pureed in soup, he even took leftovers in a thermos for lunch! Thanks for the not recipe:)

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RealHustla said...

Mmmm, I sure could use a bowl of that right now. Reminds me of a sweet potato soup I once cooked.

Lisa said...

I'm loving this recipe. Such a perfect way to get warm on a chilly winter day.

Peter M said...

Darius, great new blog look, same delicous food. Roasted vegetables would make a soup exquisite.

toni said...

Perfect winter soup! You are inspiring me to find out where my kitchen is!

Dawn said...

Root veggies do add depth, indeed. This is so easy to make, and I bet it freezes well for later on those cold nights when all you need is hot creamy soup!

Zombie Mom said...

that is perfection... On my way to work I picked up root veggies and fresh herbs so I am going to go home and make this...

I have an immersion blender for soups - its the best. I also agree roasted veggies - the absolute best flavor for soups....

Pat said...

Such a good soup and so easy! I love the organic chicken stocks sold in Costco. If you are a member you should try them as they really taste homemade and are not expensive.

Cheryl said...

Smart Idea! I have never tried Parsnips!

redmenace said...

You're a genius! Nice. I LOVE parsnips! And, YES, you need a Le Creuset dutch oven. Who doesn't?!!!

Deborah said...

Healthy and delicious - it doesn't get any better than that!!

Gloria said...

Dear Darius, always Im hungry when I come your blog, and your blog look really nice new looking!! Gloria

Natashya said...

This is our kind of soup! I love roasted root veggies - they are like candy - healthy candy!

kimberleyblue said...

Looks like we both love recipes with no recipe....;)

Yours has significantly less calories, I'm sure. Looks great - nothing better than soup to warm up these cold winter days!

Anette said...

Sigh (with delight) would love that soup! And the thyme, its a must(in soup, stew, gravy etc) its one of my favorites!

Marjie said...

Recipes are just a guideline. You have to do what works for you, and sometimes that's just to toss things in a pot, or, to copy a bad pun that made me giggle, "make time for thyme"!

Dana McCauley said...

SOunds very satisfying!

lisaiscooking said...

I do love a pureed soup, and I bet the roasted parsnips were great in it!

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

Wow!!! That soups looks fantastic!

Therapeutic Musings said...

This is perfect for January when we fast with the church! No meat, no problem!

Bridgett said...

I can almost taste it from here. The color alone would make me a fan. Looks wonderful.

Snooty Primadona said...

I love recipes with no real recipe! This is just the kind of thing I would love to make on a cold winter's day. Excellent!

Foodycat said...

Perfect soup! It looks so delicious and comforting.

Black And Single said...

wow you are a Great Cook

Giff said...

Nice and healthy. Simple process without simplistic flavor. Dig it.

Zen Chef said...

I agree! Simple things are the best. Can't go wrong with a roasted vegetable bisque... except if the top of that blender exploded but that's another story. :-)

Chris G. said...

This is nice man. Real Talk. Keep it up!

N'Drea ~ the Storyteller said...

Thanks for this. I need to try it. It looks so dee-lish!

Erin said...

That sounds like a great combination of veggies! And it sounds so easy!

Max mickle said...

I think the ladies would be happy with the soups as they are made with your waistline in mind, and that means less than 5% cream in the soup. It's got the Singapore Heart Foundation's approval.

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