Tuesday, March 1, 2011

National Pig Day Hearty Red Soup

Today's National Pig Day in the US. Apparently, people do all sorts of wacky stuff to celebrate pigs, including eating their flesh. From a newspaper in Arlington Heights, IL (not too far from where I grew up): "Is it time to celebrate what the pig offers by downing spare ribs, bacon, and ham? Or is it time to give the little guys a break - to step back and just appreciate all they offer us?" This makes me hurt so much. Suicidefood says it best.

Composed of mostly red or reddish ingredients, this soup nevertheless contains no slaughtered pigs, making it a good option for NPD. This is the first time I've sliced garlic. I like it!

makes approx. 6-8 servings

1/2 lb. red kidney beans
3 small red onions, diced
1/2 bulb garlic, sliced
1/2 beet, cubed
3 Red Chieftain potatoes, cubed
5 carrots, chopped
7 crimini mushrooms, diced
6 c. water
1 c. vegetable broth
1/4 c. shoyu soy sauce
4 Tbsp. yeast flakes
2 tsp. fenugreek seeds
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. chili powder

1. Soak the beans in 4 c. water overnight. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for approx. 60 min.
2. Sauté onion in oil in a large stock pot. Add the potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, beet, and garlic as you finish preparing them. Let it all cook for a couple more minutes, then pour in the kidney beans with their water. Add another 2 c. water and 1 c. broth. Bring to a simmer, then partially uncover the pot. Stir in the soy sauce and seasonings. Let simmer for 20-25 min.

Steve Lambert makes good work.

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