Mar 12, 2006, 22:00
Fabulous. I use vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock for my vegetarian friends. This soup is so good. It tastes rich, unlike a lot of other vegetable soups, which can be watery and bland. However, I do have to simmer it for a lot longer than the recipe calls for - (it's probably my stove top.) Thank you for this recipe - it's my favorite soup in the world.
First tried this soup when it hit this site. Never had the original, but I can see what all the fuss is about. It may take some time simmering, but it's by far the best soup I've ever made. Never tried it in a crock pot, but I now have a pressure cooker and am dying to try it in there to speed up the process because it's so hard to wait for the finished product in the stovetop. A must try recipe!
Feb 19, 2006, 22:00
Anyone who says this soup is bland has made a vital mistake- not simmering it for long enough. As the recipe states you must wait until the soup has reduced its liquid by 50%. This takes hours. Probably more suited to the presure cooker owner than anything. Best soup ever!
Excellent soup! prep time and accuracy with the ingredients are the bulk of the work here.
Nov 12, 2005, 22:00
I found it long to make and a little bland.
Oct 24, 2005, 22:00
If using pressure cooker, I only add 1/4 of the water, if that.
Sep 15, 2005, 22:00
This soup is awesome! It smells great and is fun to prepare. I get up early to start it up and let is simmer all day. Longer is WAY better. It's a holiday staple.
Sep 11, 2005, 22:00
Fabulous! I triple the recipe in a gigantic soup pot, freeze it in Ziploc bags, and my family is NEVER tired of it. I've never had the original, so I can't compare them. However, it doesn't matter; this version is one of the best vegetable soups ever!
Aug 8, 2005, 22:00
Whenever I make this soup, all the guests ask for the recipe. It's alot of work but worth it.
I use a hand-held mixer to puree all of the ingredients. It doesn't matter if there are small chunks left. I then broil some baguette slices topped with goat cheese and serve pour the soup over top.
Aug 5, 2005, 22:00
A lot of work and quite a while in the kitchen. I used a smooth top electric range which didn't maintain consistent heat. Gas would be much, much better. Have also used a crock pot, using less water, overnight. In my opinion, as with many soups, it's better the second day.