Monday, November 14, 2011

Fire Roasted Eggplant Soup: Secret Recipe Club


Day 318.

It's time for The Secret Recipe Club reveal again and I couldn't be more excited about this month's blog assignment. The Chefanies is a blog written by two Stephanie chefs in California who use local and seasonal ingredients to create their recipes. While the Chefanies are omnivores, the blog was full of delicious-sounding vegetarian and vegan recipes that caught my attention.

When I finally narrowed it down to a single recipe, I chose Stephanie Frasco's Roasted Eggplant Soup. Part of my motivation was the pair of Japanese eggplants waiting for me in my CSA box, but the simple, naturally vegan whole foods recipe definitely called to me on all on its own.

Fire Roasted Eggplant Soup
Adapted from Roasted Eggplant Soup
Ingredients for 4 servings
  • 1 large eggplant, cubed or 2 Japanese eggplants, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 pint tomatoes, diced with juice
  • 3 cups Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup chickpeas (garnish)
  • croutons (garnish)
Directions
Preheat oven to 400.

Meanwhile mix the olive oil, sriracha and balsamic vinegar. Coat the vegetables with the mixture. Spread evenly on a roasting pan or cookie sheet and roast for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Transfer vegetable mixture to soup pot and add vegetable broth, miso paste and brown sugar. Simmer for 30 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Put some chickpeas in each serving bowl and pour soup on top. Garnish with croutons.

The Results
This soup is an absolute delight. The kids and I absolutely loved it's rich, velvety texture. Bug stirred a bit of milk into her bowl for a creamier version and we loved that, too. The "secret chickpeas" as the kids were calling them, were a great treat as well.

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16 comments:

  1. I had the Chefanies a few months back! :)

    This soup looks delicious! I bet between the warmth and the spice, it's perfect on a cold day!

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  2. Thanks for sharing! Visit me at http://raisingdieter.blogspot.com/ for a giveaway and recipes!

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  3. This sounds right up my alley! Definitely bookmarking it for later! So fun to be in SRC with you!

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  4. Great pick! This soup sounds like a perfect warm-you-up meal for fall, especially with the "secret chickpeas" mixed in... delicious and nutritious!

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  5. I'm so in love with eggplants - pinning this recipe!!

    I hope you'll stop by and visit my SRC post for Honey Vinaigrette Marinated Grilled Chicken.

    :)
    ButterYum

    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/11/honey-vinaigrette-grilled-chicken.html

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  6. Hi Kristi,
    Your Fire Roasted Eggplant soup would be so good, I would really like to try this one. This is a great pick for the SRC! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
    Miz Helen
    http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2011/11/brussels-sprouts-salad-with-warm-bacon.html

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  7. Great choice of recipe! Looks great. I like that you added miso and brown sugar. You described it perfectly! - Velvety and rich. I love being a part of SRC and will definitely be making some of your vegetarian meals. I am almost a convert. :)

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  8. Looks beautiful! If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd check out my SRC recipe for Crockpot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal.

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  9. I'm obsessed with eggplants right now. This recipe is going in my "must make" pile! Thanks SRC!

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  10. Wow this looks so good. I'm always on the look out for new soups to try and the flavors in this one looks delicious!

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  11. Looks and sounds like a wonderful soup.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  12. What an interesting soup. I've never tried eggplant in soup, and the miso paste is so different, but I bet it adds a nice richness to this soup.

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  13. Sounds delicious. I love soup and eggplant and have been looking for a good way to put them together.

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  14. I've never heard of eggplant in a soup. I love how this turned out for you! I'm eager to try it out too!

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  15. Eggplant soup? That's intriguing. Secret garbanzo beans? That's one way to get the kids to eat them! :)

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