Minestra di Verdure Inverno -- Winter Vegetable Soup
|1 ||md. onion, chopped|
|1 ||bay leaf (whole if Turkish, 1/2 if Californian)|
|2 ||tabkespoons, Extra Virgin Olive Oil|
|1 ||carrot, large, thinly sliced|
|1 ||celery rib, large, thinly sliced|
|1 ||tablespoon, tomato paste|
|1/2 lb. ||sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed in 1/2" cubes|
|1/2 lb. ||Yukon Gold Boiling potatoes, cubed in 1/2" cubes|
|2 ||cups, vegetable broth, reduced salt|
|1-1/2 ||cupsm water|
|1/2 cup ||peas, frozen|
|2 ||tablespoons, dill, chopped, fresh|
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Cook onion with bay leaf and 1/2 tsp of salt in oil in large Dutch Oven or soup kettle over medium high heat. Stir frequently until onion is soft. About 5-6 minutes
Add carrits abd cekert slices. Cook, stirring often until soft, about 5 minutes more.
Stir in tomato past and cook for an additional minute. Then add sweet potatoes, Yukon Gold Potatoes, broth, water and 1/4 tsp of pepper. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes. or until all the vegetables are tender. Stir frequently during this time.
Discard bay leaf. Puree 1 cup of the soup in a blender. Return pureed liquid to the pot. Returned the pot contents to simmer andf add peas and dill. Cook until the peas are heated through. About 5 minutes. Sesib ti taste wut salt and pepper.
This was (is) a great treat on a cold winters evening. Served with a good crusty bread we bought at Licastri's Bakery, who made the best Sicilian bread in the area! Crusty and full of flavor . . . and with sesame seeds on top. On a Saturday afternoon, upon waling home from our trek to the Lyceum Theatre on Sand Lane (another long ststory) we would stop at Licastri's and pick up 4 loaves of bread for the weekend. That bread, as a side note, would cost us 50 cents for all 4 loaves. Yep, about 12 cents a loaf.