Homemade Soup with Fresh, Local Vegetables and Flavors
On a cool night in Tuscany, Zipora Einav, also known as Chef Zipora, perfected her vegetable soup recipe. She found inspiration in the beautiful countryside and bountiful selections of fresh, colorful vegetables.
“Each day, I would drive over the rolling hills through the countryside to a nearby town where I would stroll through the market selecting what I needed to create interesting dishes for dinner each night that highlighted unique local flavors,” she says.
Many of the same fresh produce that inspired her in Tuscany can also be grown in Arizona backyards or found at local farmers markets. Two of her favorites are The Simple Farm in Scottsdale and Sprouts Farmers Market.
Chef Zipora’s Signature Vegetable Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups banana squash, diced to 1/2 inch
- 1 medium onion, diced small
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced small
- 1 medium turnip, peeled and diced small
- 3-4 small red potatoes, scrub washed
- 1 medium zucchini, diced small
- 1 medium anise, diced small
- 2 cups white cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 ½ cups garbanzo beans
- 1 15-ounce can stewed tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 ½ teaspoons fresh grated Parmesan
1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add squash, onion, carrots, turnip, potato and anise.
2. Cover and mix for 10-12 minutes.
3. Add broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Add cayenne, salt and pepper, zucchini, tomatoes and garbanzo beans. Simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add cabbage and cook for 5-7 minutes.
6. Salt and pepper, to taste.
7. Serve and top with Parmesan.
Chef Zipora is a private chef, author, innovator and CEO of Chef Zipora Enterprise. As a private chef, she’s traveled the world and prepared exquisite, flavorful meals for celebrities, studio executives and athletes. Her book, Recipe for a Delicious Life, chronicles her traveling adventures, shares favorite celebrity recipes, tips for finding lifelong harmony with food and why music is often the chef’s hidden ingredient. Visit ChefZipora.com.